Coalition Theory and Government Formation

Kaare W. Strøm and Benjamin Nyblade

in The Oxford Handbook of Comparative Politics

Published in print July 2009 | ISBN: 9780199566020
Published online September 2009 | | DOI:

Series: Oxford Handbooks of Political Science

Coalition Theory and Government Formation


This article tries to show how bargaining theory has helped people understand key aspects of government formation. It also shows how people's understanding of coalition bargaining has slowly moved past the simplistic assumptions of the first generations of such theories. The article examines three specific questions in detail, and then considers the factors that influence whether specific parties or types of parties obtain government membership.

Keywords: bargaining theory; government formation; coalition bargaining; government membership; coalition theory

Article.  9861 words. 

Subjects: Politics ; Comparative Politics

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