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Showdown in Schönau: a contest case study

Dijkstra, Bouwe R.; Graichen, Patrick R.


Bouwe R. Dijkstra

Patrick R. Graichen


Wolfgang Buchholz

Dirk T.G. Rübbelke


This chapter analyzes a referendum campaign as a case study of a contest. The referendum, held in 1996 in the small German town of Schönau, led to the replacement of the convention-al electricity supplier by a firm founded by the local environmentalists. We discuss both quali-tative aspects (activities, arguments and strategies of the environmentalists, the electricity firm and its local allies) and quantitative aspects (lobbying effectiveness, stakes, effort and success probability). We identify voter groups more inclined to vote one way or the other and factors that contributed to the environmentalists’ victory. Finally, we discuss modeling implications.

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Book Title The theory of externalities and public goods: essays in memory of Richard C. Cornes
ISBN 9783319494418
APA6 Citation Dijkstra, B. R., & Graichen, P. R. (in press). Showdown in Schönau: a contest case study. In D. T. Rübbelke, & W. Buchholz (Eds.), The theory of externalities and public goods: essays in memory of Richard C. CornesSpringer. doi:10.1007/978-3-319-49442-5_15
Keywords Referendum; Political campaign; Rent seeking
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