Cabinets and Coalition Bargaining: The Democractic Life Cycle in Western Europe

Paperback | September 5, 2010

EditorKaare Strom, Wolfgang C. Muller, Torbjorn Bergman

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Cabinets and Coalition Bargaining: The Democratic Life Cycle in Western Europe provides a comprehensive analysis of coalition politics in Western Europe over the post-war period. It champions a dynamic approach in which the various stages in the life of coalitions influence each other. After areview of the literature a theory chapter addresses the roles of bargaining and transaction costs in coalition governance. Eight comparative chapters address the topics of government formation (government type, formation duration), coalition agreements, portfolio allocation, conflict management,cabinet termination and duration, and the electoral consequences of coalition government. The book is based on the most comprehensive data set ever employed in coalition studies that includes both coalitional and single-party countries and governments. Each chapter first provides a comparativeoverview of the phenomenon under study and then moves on to state-of-the art statistical analysis. Conceptually and in the statistical analysis the study argues for an integrated approach stressing the relevance of countries, time, 'structural attributes', actors' preferences, institutions, thecoalition's bargaining environment, and 'critical events'. Indeed, sufficient explanations of most phenomena under study require independent variables from several of these categories. Comparative Politics is a series for students, teachers, and researchers of political science that deals with contemporary government and politics. Global in scope, books in the series are characterised by a stress on comparative analysis and strong methodological rigour. The series is published inassociation with the European Consortium for Political Research. For more information visit www.essex.ac.uk/ecprThe Comparative Politics Series is edited by Professor David M. Farrell, School of Politics and International Relations, University College Dublin, Kenneth Carty, Professor of Political Science, University of British Columbia, and Professor Dirk Berg-Schlosser, Institute of Political Science,Philipps University, Marburg.

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Cabinets and Coalition Bargaining: The Democratic Life Cycle in Western Europe provides a comprehensive analysis of coalition politics in Western Europe over the post-war period. It champions a dynamic approach in which the various stages in the life of coalitions influence each other. After areview of the literature a theory chapter a...

Kaare Strom is a Professor in Political Science at the University of California, San Diego. He is the author of Minority Government and Majority Rule; co-editor of Challenges to Political Parties, Policy, Office or Votes?, Coalition Governments in Western Europe, Delegation and Accountability in Parliamentary Democracies, and the text...

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:464 pagesPublished:September 5, 2010Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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1. Wolfgang C. Muller, Torbjorn Bergman, and Kaare Strom: Coalition Theory and Cabinet Governance: An Introduction2. Arthur Lupia and Kaare Strom: Bargaining, Transaction Costs, and Coalition Governance3. Torbjorn Bergman, Elisabeth R. Gerber, Scott Kastner, and Benjamin Nyblade: The Empirical Study of Cabinet Governance4. Lieven De Winter and Patrick Dumont: Uncertainty and Complexity in Cabinet Formation5. Wolfgang C. Muller and Kaare Strom: Coalition Agreements and Cabinet Governance6. Paul Mitchell and Benjamin Nyblade: Government Formation and Cabinet Type in Parliamentary Democracies7. Luca Verzichelli: Portfolio Allocation8. Rudy B. Andeweg and Arco Timmerman: Conflict Management in Coalition Government9. Erik Damgaard: Cabinet Termination in Western Europe10. Thomas Saalfeld: Institutions, Chance and Choices: The Dynamics of Cabinet Survival in the Parliamentary Democracies of Western Europe (1945-1999)11. Hanne Marthe Narud and Henry Valen: Coalition Membership and Electoral Performance12. Kaare Strom, Torbjorn Bergman, Wolfgang C. Muller, and Benjamin Nyblade: Conclusion: Cabinet Governance in Parliamentary Democracies