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Parliaments and Coalitions: The Role of Legislative Institutions in Multiparty Governance

Lanny W. Martin and Georg Vanberg


Coalition governments are the norm in most of the world’s parliamentary democracies. Because these governments are comprised of multiple political parties, they are subject to tensions that are largely absent under single-party government. The pressures of electoral competition and the necessity of delegating substantial authority to ministers affiliated with specific parties threaten the compromise agreements that are at the heart of coalition governance. The central argument of this book is that strong legislative institutions play a critical role in allowing parties to deal with these tensi ... More

Keywords: parliaments, coalitions, legislation, committees, ministers, delegation, policymaking

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2011 Print ISBN-13: 9780199607884
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: September 2011 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199607884.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Lanny W. Martin, author
Associate Professor, Department of Political Science, Rice University
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Georg Vanberg, author
Associate Professor, Department of Political Science, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
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