Lanny W. Martin and Georg Vanberg

in Parliaments and Coalitions

Published in print July 2011 | ISBN: 9780199607884
Published online September 2011 | e-ISBN: 9780191729676 | DOI:

Series: Comparative Politics


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The first chapter provides a short introduction to the puzzle that is at the heart of the book. Multiparty governance requires compromise among competing political parties that agree to form a coalition. At the same time, these compromise agreements are threatened by the need to delegate substantial policymaking authority to individual ministers, who face systematic incentives to deviate from the coalition bargain. Exploring how coalitions deal with this threat is the central task of the book.

Keywords: coalitions; principal–agent problem; delegation

Chapter.  2996 words. 

Subjects: Comparative Politics

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