Coalition Government

Daniel Diermeier

in The Oxford Handbook of Political Economy

Published in print June 2008 | ISBN: 9780199548477
Published online September 2009 | e-ISBN: 9780191577437 | DOI:

Series: Oxford Handbooks of Political Science

Coalition Government

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This article focuses on coalition government, beginning with important empirical work that has motivated an institutionalist shift in the study of government coalitions. It discusses the most widely used institutionalist approaches, along with two alternative approaches. The consequences of the institutionalist perspective for empirical work are then discussed, and this is followed by a section on recent work that relies on structural estimation as its methodology to study coalition government empirically.

Keywords: coalition government; empirical work; institutionalist shift; institutionalist approaches; institutionalist perspective; structural estimation

Article.  7967 words. 

Subjects: Comparative Politics ; Political Economy

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