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Making and Breaking Governments Cabinets and Legislatures in Parliamentary Democracies

ISBN-10: 0521438365
ISBN-13: 9780521438360
Edition: 1996
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Book details

List price: $39.99
Copyright year: 1996
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Publication date: 1/26/1996
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 316
Size: 6.25" wide x 9.00" long x 0.75" tall
Weight: 0.946
Language: English

Making and Breaking Governments offers a theoretical argument about how parliamentary parties form governments, deriving from the political and social context of such government formation its generic sequential process. Based on their policy preferences, and their beliefs about what policies will be forthcoming from different conceivable governments, parties behave strategically in the game in which government portfolios are allocated. The authors construct a mathematical model of allocation of ministerial portfolios, formulated as a noncooperative game, and derive equilibria. They also derive a number of empirical hypotheses about outcomes of this game, which they then test with data drawn from most of the postwar European parliamentary democracies. The book concludes with a number of observations about departmentalistic tendencies and centripetal forces in parliamentary regimes.

Kenneth A. Shepsle is the George D. Markham Professor of Government at Harvard University. He is the author or co-author of several books, including Politics in Plural Societies: A Theory of Democratic Instability , The Giant Jigsaw Puzzle: Democratic Committee Assignments in the Modern House , Models of Multiparty Electoral Competition , and Making and Breaking Governments . He has edited The Congressional Budget Process: Some Views from the Inside , Political Equilibrium , Perspectives on Positive Political Economy , and Cabinet Ministers and Parliamentary Government . He has also authored numerous articles on formal political theory, congressional politics, public policy, and political economy. He is the co-author of the successful undergraduate text Analyzing Politics: Rationality, Behavior, and Institutions .

Series editors�
preface
Acknowledgements
The Context
Theory, institutions, and government formation
The social context of government formation
The government formation process
The Model
Government equilibrium
Strong parties
Empirical Investigations
Two cases: Germany, 1987; Ireland, 1992�93
Theoretical implications, data, and operationalization
Exploring the model: a comparative perspective
A multivariate investigation of portfolio allocation
Applications, Extensions, and Conclusions
Party systems and cabinet stability
Making the model more realistic
Party politics and administrative reform
Governments and parliaments
Bibliography

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