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Divided Government in Comparative Perspective$
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Robert Elgie

Print publication date: 2001

Print ISBN-13: 9780198295655

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: November 2003

DOI: 10.1093/0198295650.001.0001

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Divided Governance: The Case of Denmark

Divided Governance: The Case of Denmark

(p.146) 8 Divided Governance: The Case of Denmark
Divided Government in Comparative Perspective

John Fitzmaurice

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As a result of a combination of specific characteristics of the Danish political system, such as the fragmentation of the Folketing, especially since 1973, Denmark has developed a tendency towards weak minority governments and even minority coalitions, and a cooperative, pragmatic political culture. These forms of divided government have arisen not so much out of formal institutional arrangements, as out of a Danish electoral predilection for holding the reigns of power by not passing too much of it to any majoritarian party. Their degree of success has varied over recent years, with a consequent variation in the extent to which the country has suffered from divided government.

Keywords:   Denmark, divided government

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