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Divided Government in Comparative Perspective

Robert Elgie


Divided government occurs when the executive fails to enjoy majority support in at least one house of the legislature. To date, the study of divided government has focused almost exclusively on the US. However, divided government occurs much more widely in other presidential systems and is the equivalent of minority government in parliamentary regimes. This book examines the frequency, causes, and management of divided government in a comparative context, identifying the similarities and differences between various countries around the world.

Keywords: divided government, USA, minority government

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2001 Print ISBN-13: 9780198295655
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: November 2003 DOI:10.1093/0198295650.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Robert Elgie, editor
Dublin City University, Ireland
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