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When Candidates and Vote Distribution Matter: A New Indicator of Electoral Competitiveness

May 20, 2013

In this paper, we reevaluate previous electoral competitiveness measures and propose a new indicator that accounts for the interaction between the number of candidates and the distribution of votes. The resulting indicator overcomes
the oversensitivity problem associated with earlier specification and provides better competitiveness estimate for various electoral settings. Its applicability is universal and allows for cross-cases and longitudinal comparisons for a wide variety of single-winner elections.

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