Coalitional Behaviour in Theory and Practice: An Inductive Model for Western Europe

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This book, first published in 1986, takes a fresh look at coalition theory in the light of the European coalition experience. This volume attempts to marry theory and practice by avoiding the pure abstraction of the formal coalition theories on the one hand and the over-descriptiveness of some of the empirical work on the other. This volume of theoretical or comparative chapters and national case-studies presents and applies an inductive model for coalitional behaviour in the form of a multi-dimensional framework...

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Overview

This book, first published in 1986, takes a fresh look at coalition theory in the light of the European coalition experience. This volume attempts to marry theory and practice by avoiding the pure abstraction of the formal coalition theories on the one hand and the over-descriptiveness of some of the empirical work on the other. This volume of theoretical or comparative chapters and national case-studies presents and applies an inductive model for coalitional behaviour in the form of a multi-dimensional framework based on the hypothesis of political parties as the central actors in coalition politics. In doing so, it aims at encouraging a fresh direction in coalition research by focusing on coalitional behaviour as a continuous and dynamic process rather than one confined to the formation of coalitions, as well as by overcoming the isolation of coalition studies.

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  • ISBN-13: 9780521125567
  • Publisher: Cambridge University Press
  • Publication date: 12/17/2009
  • Edition description: Reissue
  • Pages: 332
  • Product dimensions: 5.90 (w) x 8.90 (h) x 1.00 (d)

Table of Contents

List of illustrations; List of tables; Notes on the contributors; Preface; 1. An inductive theoretical framework for coalitional behaviour: political parties in multi-dimensional perspective in Western Europe Geoffrey Pridham; 2. Between theoretical elegance and political reality: deductive models and cabinet coalitions in Europe Michael Laver; 3. Changing coalitional preferences among West German parties Ursula Hoffmann-Lange; 4. The FDP and coalitional behaviour in the Federal Republic of Germany: multi-dimensional perspectives on the role of a pivotal party David Broughton and Emil Kirchner; 5. Cabinet stability in the French Fourth Republic: the Ramadier coalition government of 1947 Eric C. Browne and Dennis W. Gleiber; 6. Coalition formation and maintenance in Belgium: a case-study of elite behaviour and changing cleavage structure, 1965–1981 Christ Rudd; 7. The Dutch Christian Democratic party and coalitional behaviour in the Netherlands: a pivotal party in the face of depillarisation Jan de Jong and Bert Pijnenburg; 8. Coalition or Fianna Fail? the politics of inter-party government in Ireland Michael Laver and Michael D. Higgins; 9. Italy's party democracy and coalitional behaviour: a case-study in multi-dimensionality Geoffrey Pridham; 10. Party coalitions in the first democratic period in Spain, 1977–1982 Jordi Capo; 11. Coalitional theory and practice in Scandinavia John Fitzmaurice; 12. Multi-dimensional approaches to the study of local coalitions: some cross-national comparisons Colin Mellors and Patricia Brearey; 13a. Research notes: a note on the empirical analysis of coalition policy Michael Laver; 13b. An events conceptualisation of cabinet stability: a research programme Eric C. Browne and Dennis W. Gleiber; Notes; References; Index.

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