DP3174 Endogenous Lobbying

Author(s): Leonardo Felli, Antonio Merlo
Publication Date: January 2002
Keyword(s): citizen-candidate model, endogenous lobbying, representative democracy
JEL(s): D72, D74, D78
Programme Areas: Public Economics, Industrial Organization
Link to this Page: cepr.org/active/publications/discussion_papers/dp.php?dpno=3174

In this paper, we present a citizen-candidate model of representative democracy with endogenous lobbying. We find that lobbying induces policy compromise and always affects equilibrium policy outcomes. In particular, even though the policy preferences of lobbies are relatively extreme, lobbying biases the outcome of the political process toward the center of the policy space, and extreme policies cannot emerge in equilibrium. Moreover, in equilibrium, not all lobbies participate in the policy-making process.