Help and factionalism in politics and organizations

Chan, William and Man, Priscilla (2012) Help and factionalism in politics and organizations. Southern Economic Journal, 79 1: 144-160. doi:10.4284/0038-4038-79.1.144

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Author Chan, William
Man, Priscilla
Title Help and factionalism in politics and organizations
Journal name Southern Economic Journal   Check publisher's open access policy
ISSN 0038-4038
Publication date 2012-07
Sub-type Article (original research)
DOI 10.4284/0038-4038-79.1.144
Open Access Status
Volume 79
Issue 1
Start page 144
End page 160
Total pages 17
Place of publication Chattanooga, TN, United States
Publisher Southern Economic Association
Collection year 2013
Language eng
Abstract Whether in electoral politics or promotions within organizations, players often face the dilemma of whether to enter the contest or to assist other candidates. This article analyzes incentives in a rank-order tournament when the winner has control over resources that he can distribute to his supporters. Some players may then be encouraged to help others in exchange for paybacks, resulting in factionalism, with leaders and supporters sorted by ability. The number and the size of factions depend on the reward structure of the contest and the distribution of abilities. These implications are corroborated by data on U.S. gubernatorial primary elections.
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