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Rafael Treibich and Martin Van der linden
''Trump trumps Bush''
In the United States, the legitimacy of presidents who do not obtain a majority of the popular vote is often questioned. Debates on electoral legitimacy tend to revolve around the relative importance of the Electoral College and the popular vote. We develop a theory of electoral legitimacy judgments when legitimacy depends on these two factors. Under natural restrictions on these judgments, the legitimacy of some candidates can be unambiguously compared. In particular, we show that D. Trump's election was more legitimate than G.W. Bush's 2000 election. We also show that Trump's election remains one of the most contentious in history.
JEL: D7 - Analysis of Collective Decision-Making: General
Manuscript Received : Oct 24 2017 Manuscript Accepted : Oct 25 2017

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