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Denmark: Delegation and Accountability in Minority Situations

Erik Damgaard

in Delegation and Accountability in Parliamentary Democracies

Published in print November 2003 | ISBN: 9780198297840
Published online January 2005 | e-ISBN: 9780191602016 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/019829784X.003.0007

Series: Comparative Politics

Denmark: Delegation and Accountability in Minority Situations

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Denmark is close to an ideal-typical model of parliamentary democracy; however, the picture is complicated by at least five general features of Danish politics. First, Denmark is a small state, heavily constrained by international ties. Second, Denmark has frequent minority governments, which affects the chain of parliamentary delegation. Third, the delegative chain can be circumvented by direct democracy (referendums). Fourth, interest organizations strongly influence policy outcomes in Denmark. Fifth, strong party discipline enables political parties to structure delegation and accountability between voters, Parliament, and government.

Keywords: corporatism; direct democracy; European affair committee; external constraints; interest organizations; minority government; party discipline; referendums

Chapter.  9650 words. 

Subjects: Comparative Politics

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