According to the spatial theory of voting, a voter should vote for the candidate who is in a position closer to his. However, assess empirically this proposition is not a trivial task. First of all, to test a spatial model, we need to know the position of voters and candidates. And most importantly, they must be in the same scale. Thus, the main objective of this work is to provide a common measure for the voters and to the rulers in order to test hypotheses about the spatial theory of voting in Brazil. Therefore, I will use a nonparametric technique of ideal point estimation, roll call votes and a innovative survey.
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