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Minority Government and Majority Rule : Studies in Rationality and Social Change - Kaare Strom

Minority Government and Majority Rule

Studies in Rationality and Social Change

By: Kaare Strom, Jon Elster (Editor), Gudmund Hernes (Editor)

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Published: 27th April 1990
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Minority governments in parliamentary democracies are conventionally considered to be unstable and ineffective aberrations from the principle of majority rule. Through analysis of over 350 postwar governments, the author shows that minority governments are neither exceptional nor unstable but in fact a common feature of parliamentary democracies and frequently perform as well as, or better than, majority coalitions. Using the Italian and Norwegian governments as case studies, he suggests that minority governments are particularly likely to form when parties anticipate competitive elections and when opposition parties are able to influence legislative decisions. As an attempt to document and explain a very common form of government in parliamentary democracies, this book will contribute significantly to the understanding of the importance of electoral competition in democratic politics.

From the hardback review: 'This is an innovative and stimulating book that greatly strengthens our understanding of how cabinet coalitions are formed - one of the most important questions in the comparative study of democratic systems.' Arend Lijphart, University of California, San Diego

The problem of minority government
The rationality of minority government formation
Forming minority governments
Minority governments in office
Italy: the politics of cooperation and defection
Norway: the politics of inclusion
Reassessing minority governments
Appendices
Notes
References
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ISBN: 9780521374316
ISBN-10: 0521374316
Series: Studies in Rationality and Social Change
Audience: Professional
Format: Hardcover
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 304
Published: 27th April 1990
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 21.6 x 13.8  x 2.1
Weight (kg): 0.54