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Parties and Democracy: Coalition Formation and Government Functioning in Twenty States

Ian Budge and Hans Keman


Parties are the central institution through which mass representative democracies now work. This book covers four aspects of their activities at governmental level—the actual formation and termination of governments; the distribution of ministries between parties forming the government; and policymaking. In each area, it proposes theories and models of how parties drive these processes, and checks them against comparative evidence for 20 States from 1946–85. Initial hypotheses are broadly upheld by this evidence, supporting a general theory of democratic functioning described in Chs. 3 and 7. ... More

Keywords: coalitions, democracy, evidence, formation, ministries, parties, policy, termination, theory

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 1993 Print ISBN-13: 9780198279259
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: November 2003 DOI:10.1093/0198279256.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Ian Budge, author
University of Essex
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Hans Keman, author
Free University of Amsterdam
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