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Glazer, Amihai; Gradstein, Mark and Konrad, Kai A. (1998): The electoral politics of extreme policies. In: Economic Journal, Vol. 108, No. 451: pp. 1677-1685

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A government may adopt extreme policies (policies lying outside the interval between the ideal points of the political parties) for electoral purposes. It can benefit when a change in policy is costly, and when the opposing party cannot commit to maintaining the status quo.

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