Pre-electoral Alliances, Coalition Rejections, and Multiparty Governments
Governing in coalitions is a central research field in comparative political science. This book explores how pre-electoral alliances and rejections of potential coalitions influence party competition and coalition politics in Austria, Belgium, Germany, Ireland, and the Netherlands. The study shows that in contrast to the classical perspective, coalition politics is determined not only by ideological diversity, but also by institutional and behavioralist factors. Beside a descriptive analysis of the policy-area specific positions of each party and an evaluation of the determinants of coalition formation, the payoff structure in coalition governments is under consideration. The analysis reveals that "key parties" receive a surpassing share of both office and policy payoffs.
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Historical development of party competition and coalition politics
What determines coalition formation
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analysis Andeweg assertion potential Austria Belgian Belgium Benoit and Laver Budge Bundestag cabinet CDU/CSU Christian Democrats Christian-Socials coalition agreement coalition formation process coalition game coalition government coalition negotiations coalition politics competition and coalition constraints Dutch Ecolo election manifestos expert survey factors federal Fianna Fail figure Fine Gael Flemish Furthermore German government formation grand coalition green parties Grofman heart solution ideological heterogeneity important included inside Ireland Irish issue saliencies junior ministers Labour last mentioned Laver and Hunt left-right located majority ministry minority government modified heart Netherlands parliament parliamentary participation party combinations party competition party families party system peripheral parties pivotal parties policy area political heart political parties portfolios positions of parties pre-electoral alliances preferred priori programmatic positions PvdA reference texts rejected respective coalition Schofield Social Democrats Socialists SPO-OVP structure virgin texts votes Walloon wordscore