Party Policy and Government Coalitions

  • M. J. Laver
  • Ian Budge

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xxii
  2. Ian Budge, M. J. Laver
    Pages 1-14
  3. M. J. Laver
    Pages 41-60
  4. Kaare Strom, Jorn Leipart
    Pages 61-108
  5. Kaare Strom, Torbjorn Bergman
    Pages 109-150
  6. Tove-Lise Schou, Derek John Hearl
    Pages 151-188
  7. Hans-Dieter Klingemann, Andrea Volkens
    Pages 189-222
  8. Derek John Hearl
    Pages 223-243
  9. Derek John Hearl
    Pages 244-276
  10. Pieter Tops, Karl Dittrich
    Pages 277-311
  11. Back Matter
    Pages 431-448

About this book


Coalitions are the commonest kind of democratic government, occurring frequently in most countries of western Europe. It is usually assumed that political parties came together in a government coalition because they agree already, or can reach an agreement, on the policy it should pursue. This book examines this idea using evidence from party election programmes and government programmes. It demonstrates that party policies do influence government programmes, but not to the extent they would if policy-agreement were the sole basis of coalition.


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Editors and affiliations

  • M. J. Laver
    • 1
  • Ian Budge
    • 2
  1. 1.University College of GalwayIreland
  2. 2.University of EssexUK

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