Sub-National Coalition Formation as a Multi-Level Game
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Chapter 4 tested several predictions of classical theories of government formation. We found that the formation outcomes at the regional level in Spain and Germany are predicted relatively well by several of the variables that were developed to explain national coalition formation. This is a good indication that, to a large extent, sub-national coalition formation responds to stimuli that are endogenous to the regional level. But this is only part of the story. As set out in Chapter 1, the major theoretical claim of this research is that, as long as the sub-national level is politically relevant, sub-national coalition formation can be correctly explained only if we take the multi-level political dynamics into account.
KeywordsCoalition Formation Party System Previous Chapter Government Formation Minority Government
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