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Structural Reforms Without Prejudices$
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Tito Boeri, Micael Castanheira, Riccardo Faini, and Vincenzo Galasso

Print publication date: 2006

Print ISBN-13: 9780199203628

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: May 2007

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199203628.001.0001

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Exploit a Parliamentary Majority

Exploit a Parliamentary Majority

Chapter:
(p.165) 9 Exploit a Parliamentary Majority
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Structural Reforms Without Prejudices
Author(s):

Tito Boeri (Contributor Webpage)

Micael Castanheira

Riccardo Faini

Vincenzo Galasso (Contributor Webpage)

Giorgio Barba Navaretti

Carcillo Stéphane

Jonathan Haskel

Giuseppe Nicoletti

Enrico Perotti

Carlo Scarpa

Lidia Tsyganok

Christian Wey

Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199203628.003.0010

This chapter concentrates on the reform opportunities that emerge when a government exploits its parliamentary majority. For example the privatizations and pension reforms carried out in the UK by the Thatcher government. When backed by a large parliamentary majority, the policy-makers' only constraint is the need to win a future election, which provides freedom of action in most cases. Yet, this strategy is not always valuable. The mix of successes and failures suggests that other institutional elements are crucial, such as the (lack of) internal cohesion in coalition governments or the existence of strong opposition. A strong parliamentary majority can thus be insufficient to generate sufficient coalition building.

Keywords:   structural reform, parliament, coalition building, UK, Thatcher government, privatization

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