It makes no sense in Hotelling's game.

It can happen temporarily, if there are shocks in median voter preferences.

It makes no sense with policy-minded politicians.

Why not, if candidates just care about office.

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Background:

The purpose of this question is to try to explain the paradox that two oposing candidates, A and B, with A being more leftist than B, switch sides of the political spectrum, so that candidate A is now more right-wing than candidate B or, which is the same, candidate B more leftist than candidate A. Is this compatible with rational choice theory?

Learning objectives:

Understanding Hotelling's game.

Understanding the median voter theorem.

Understanding the differences and similarities between office-seeking and policy-seeking politicians.

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