Addresses a theme of central importance to the theory and practice of parliamentary democracy in western Europe: multiparty coalition government in the under-researched institutional setting of subnational (i.e., regional, provincial, local) representative assemblies. Comparison focuses on France, Belgium, and Germany. Part I discusses the literature, outlines criticisms of formal theory, and surveys attempts to use subnational coalitions as data sources. Part II presents theory and methods, and Part III offers empirical analysis. Part IV applies theoretical points made in previous chapters and presents conclusions. Appendices offer a survey questionnaire used for this study and related statistics. Paper edition (unseen), $19.95. Annotation c. by Book News, Inc., Portland, Or.