Parliaments and Government Formation: Unpacking Investiture Rules

Hardcover | December 12, 2015

EditorBjorn Erik Rasch, Shane Martin, Jose Antonio Cheibub

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Parliaments and Government Formation explores the role of national legislatures in shaping government formation in parliamentary regimes. Under parliamentarism, the government comes from, and remains responsible to, the national parliament. Yet, although legislatures and the politics ofgovernment formation are two of the most studied phenomenon in comparative politics, relatively little attention has focused on the degree to which parliamentary rules and procedures impact government formation. For instance, exactly what does "come from parliament" mean in the context of governmentformation? To answer this question, the volume seeks to "unpack" the parliamentary investiture vote. Investiture consists of a vote in parliament to demonstrate that an already formed or about to be formed government has legislative support. The volume analyses investiture along six dimensions: (1) the numberof chambers involved in government formation, (2) the exact topic of any investiture vote - for example whether the votes focuses on one or more of the prime ministership, the cabinet and/or the government's policy program, (3) the sequencing and timing of the vote in the overall game of governmentformation, (4) the decision rule - for example absolute majority, simple or some form of negative parliamentarism, (5) the number of rounds provided for, and (6) what happens in the event of a failure to invest a government. Each of the 16 case studies, written by leading scholars of legislativepolitics in their respective polities, seeks to describe the institutional rules and practices and analyse their origins and consequences. These case studies are supplemented with two comparative chapters.

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Parliaments and Government Formation explores the role of national legislatures in shaping government formation in parliamentary regimes. Under parliamentarism, the government comes from, and remains responsible to, the national parliament. Yet, although legislatures and the politics ofgovernment formation are two of the most studied p...

Bjorn Erik Rasch is Professor of Political Science and Deputy Dean at the Faculty of Social Sciences, University of Oslo. His research is currently focused on legislative organization, parliamentarism, and constitutional amendment procedures. Rasch has written or edited eleven books, of which The Role of Governments in Legislative Ag...

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Format:HardcoverDimensions:416 pagesPublished:December 12, 2015Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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Part I: Introduction1. Bjorn Erik Rasch, Shane Martin, and Jose Antonio Cheibub: Investiture Rules and Government FormationPart II: Varieties of Investiture Rules2. Alexandra Kelso: Parliament and Government Formation in the United Kingdom: A Hidden Vote of Investiture?3. Audrey Andre, Sam Depauw, and Kris Deschouwer: Changing Investiture Rules in Belgium4. Steffen Ganghof and Christian Stecker: Investiture Rules in Germany: Stacking the Deck against Minority Governments5. Peter Horvath: A Rule for All Seasons? Investiture and Government Formation in Hungary6. Fabio Sozzi: The Increasing Role of the European Parliament in Appointing the European CommissionPart III: Investiture Rules and Minority Governments7. Shane Martin: Government Formation in Ireland: Learning to Live Without a Majority Party8. Federico Russo: Government Formation in Italy: The Challenge of Bicameral Investiture9. Natalia Ajenjo: Why Minority Governments in Spain? How the Party System Undermines Investiture Rules10. Radoslaw Zubek: Investiture Rules and Minority Governments in Poland11. Robert Zbiral: Changing Investiture Rules in the Czech Republic12. Cristina Chiva: Strong Investiture Rules and Minority Governments in Romania13. Cristina Leston-Bandeira and Jorge M. Fernandes: Parliamentary Investiture Rules in Portugal's Semi-Presidential Democracy14. Helena Wockelberg: Weak Investiture Rules and the Emergence of Minority Governments in SwedenPart IV: Beyond Investiture Rules: Legislative Norms and Government Formation15. Andre Krouwel and Jelle Koedam: Parliamentary Parties in the Netherlands: Informal Investiture behind Closed Doors16. Csaba Nikolenyi: Government Investiture in India: Formal Rules and Informal Practices17. Iris Nguyen-Duy: France: Excluding Parliament from Government FormationPart V: Conclusion18. Ulrich Sieberer: Hire or Fire? The Link between Cabinet Investiture and Removal in Parliamentary Democracies19. Bjorn Erik Rasch, Shane Martin, and Jose Antonio Cheibub: Investiture Rules Unpacked