Puzzles of Government Formation: Coalition Theory and by Rudy W. Andeweg, Lieven De Winter, Patrick Dumont

By Rudy W. Andeweg, Lieven De Winter, Patrick Dumont

Understanding the formation of governments has constantly been imperative to political technological know-how. commonly this subject has been thought of from a rational selection concept point of view and the empirical trying out of those theories; despite the fact that neither technique on my own is ready to clarify a wide share of exact coalition formations.

This comparative quantity brings jointly a rational selection conception viewpoint and the empirical trying out of those theories to review govt formation. It offers in-depth reviews of presidency formations in Europe that can't be accounted for by means of current coalition concept that allows you to establish power explanatory components which have been missed to date. those ‘coalition puzzles’ are reconstructed via nation specialists according to secondary resources, newspaper bills, inner celebration files, and interviews with the intention to comprehend why specific governments have been shaped. In end, this publication assesses no matter if new components could be built-in into rational selection theories or even if those analyses element to the necessity for a special paradigm.

This very important quantity may be of curiosity to scholars and students of political technological know-how, ecu politics and comparative politics.

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Bargaining theory (Komorita and Chertkoff 1973) assumes that players want to maximize their share of the reward, but also assumes that players may use different allocation norms (see also Komorita 1979). In contrast to the previous theories in which it is argued that all players will use the same allocation norm, bargaining theory assumes that each player will choose an allocation norm that maximizes its own share of the reward. More specifically, it is assumed that players with an advantage in resources will demand a share of the reward that is proportional to their contribution in terms of resources, while those with a disadvantage in resources will demand an equal share of the reward.

Minimum power theory). A second finding was that players were self-­serving in their allocation decision. Overall, players demanded a larger share of the reward in a specific bargaining position than the share that they were willing to offer to a player in a similar position. For example, players with a disadvantage in resources or alternatives would demand more for themselves than they were willing to give to a player with exactly the same disadvantage in resources or alternatives. 30 I. van Beest Furthermore, players showed stronger self-­serving tendencies as a function of alternatives than as a function of resources.

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