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Government formation and breakdown in Western and Central Eastern Europe
Södertörn University, School of Social Sciences, Political Science. Umeå University.
Umeå University.
Umeå University.
2015 (English)In: Comparative European Politics, ISSN 1472-4790, E-ISSN 1740-388X, Vol. 13, no 3, 345-375 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

In this article, we use a new data set describing governments, political parties and institutions to make an explicit comparison between Western Europe (WE) and Central Eastern Europe (CEE) in the investigation of three different topical issues found in the coalition literature, namely, coalition formation (that is, which factors affect who forms the winning coalitions), the number of cabinet members (that is, what affects the number of ministers in a cabinet) and cabinet duration (that is, which factors affect how long a new government lasts). Our findings indicate that, regardless of all the discussions about how CEE is different from WE because of the post-communist heritage or the volatility of voters in the CEE region, structural attributes such as the size and number of political parties are important determinants of coalition formation and cabinet duration patterns in both the West and the East. In fact, precisely because of the unsettled nature of CEE party politics, structural attributes tend to matter even more in the East.

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2015. Vol. 13, no 3, 345-375 p.
Keyword [en]
cabinet duration, Central and Eastern Europe, coalitions, government formation, Western Europe
National Category
Political Science
Research subject
Baltic and East European studies
URN: urn:nbn:se:sh:diva-27401DOI: 10.1057/cep.2013.27ISI: 000352824700004OAI: diva2:810710
The Foundation for Baltic and East European Studies, A050-10Marianne and Marcus Wallenberg Foundation, 2011.0030
Available from: 2015-05-08 Created: 2015-05-08 Last updated: 2015-05-08Bibliographically approved

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