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A case of a surplus majority government: The Finnish rainbow coalition
Södertörn University, Avdelning 1, Political science.ORCID iD: 0000-0002-7203-9495
2002 (English)In: Scandinavian Political Studies, ISSN 0080-6757, E-ISSN 1467-9477, Vol. 25, no 1, 57-83 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
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Surplus majority government is the most frequent type of cabinet in postwar Finland. The case study investigates the explicative power of two groups of theories of surplus majority government on the Finnish rainbow coalition formed in 1995. Firstly, theories that model surplus size as instrumental for government capability, i.e. surplus size as critical to decision-making capability, Secondly, theories that model the surplus size as a possibility or where the size is the result of the expected utility of government being higher than that of opposition for the political parties in terms of goal realisation. The main materials studied are internal party documentation and interviews with key people. The result of the study is that parties' strategic features best explain the surplus size of the rainbow coalition, since participation in government offers greater opportunities for the realisation of party goals, such as policy, votes and future office.

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2002. Vol. 25, no 1, 57-83 p.
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URN: urn:nbn:se:sh:diva-6339DOI: 10.1111/1467-9477.00063ISI: 000174199100003OAI: oai:DiVA.org:sh-6339DiVA: diva2:399629
Available from: 2011-02-23 Created: 2011-02-23 Last updated: 2016-10-06Bibliographically approved

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