Provides a dynamic analysis of the full coalition life cycle. The work includes in-depth country studies on the politics of government coalitions in 16 democracies in Western Europe and Croatia. The combination of systematic data and in-depth country analysis provides an unprecedented wealth of information, both about Western Europe and about politics in individual countries.
The most comprehensive empirical analysis of coalition politics in Eastern Europe.Features in-depth country studies on the politics of government coalitions in ten new democracies in Central Eastern Europe. Develops some of the concepts presented in the acclaimed Coalition Governments in Western Europe.
Torbjörn Bergman, Gabriella Ilonszki, Wolfgang C. Müller
This book gathers the most influential authors on role research and legislative studies to examine the different roles that MPs are playing in modern-day legislatures. It provides a comprehensive and critical overview of current research on legislative roles, summarises previous research, presents a large variety of methodological approaches and also explores the latest developing approaches to role theory.
The authors find that the Nordic states have moved away from their previous resemblance to a Westminster model toward a form of parliamentary democracy with more separation-of-powers features—a Madisonian model. These features are evident both in vertical power relations (e.g., relations with the European Union) and horizontal ones (e.g., increasingly independent courts and central banks). Yet these developments are far from uniform and demonstrate that there may be different responses to the political challenges faced by contemporary Western democracies.
This is the most ambitious and comprehensive account of the institutions of democratic delegation in West European parliamentary democracies to date. It provides an unprecedented cross-national investigation of West European political institutions from 1945 until the present day, as well as situating modern parliamentary democracy in the context of changing political parties and the growing importance of the European Union.
This empirical investigation includes all 17 West European parliamentary democracies. These countries are compared in a series of cross-national tables and figures, and 17 country chapters provide a wealth of information on four discrete stages in the delegation process: delegation from voters to parliamentary representatives, delegation from parliament to the prime minister and cabinet, delegation within the cabinet, and delegation from cabinet ministers to civil servants.
The project’s first publication about coalition bargaining (Müller and Strøm, 2000, 2003), provides an up-to-date account of central issues in coalition politics in the tradition of volumes edited by Browne and Dreijmanis (1982), Bogdanor (1983) and Pridham (1986). However, the scope of the research presented in Coalition Governments in Western Europe also goes beyond these previous works. Our efforts have been heavily influenced by new theoretical concerns, especially the interaction between the different stages in coalitional bargaining. On a country-by-county basis, this volume systematically links government formation to the other aspects of coalition governance.
Analyzing the effects of the European Union on national decision-making and the chain of delegation and accountability, the authors look at Denmark, Finland, Sweden, Iceland and Norway. The analyses are based on principal-agent perspective.