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Parliaments and Government Formation: Unpacking Investiture Rules

Bjørn Erik Rasch, Shane Martin, and José Antonio Cheibub


Under parliamentarism, the executive, typically termed ‘the government’, comes from, and remains responsible to, the national parliament. Although government formation has long been recognized as a core function of national parliaments, and despite the prevalence of comparative scholarship on the politics of government formation, surprisingly little research has explored the precise role of parliament in the process of government formation. For instance, exactly what does ‘come from’ parliament mean in the context of government formation under parliamentarism? The focus of this book is on the ... More

Keywords: parliaments, legislatures, government formation, coalition politics, parliamentarism, cabinet government, institutionalism, neo-institutionalism

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Print publication date: 2015 Print ISBN-13: 9780198747017
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: December 2015 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198747017.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Bjørn Erik Rasch, editor
Professor of Political Science, University of Oslo

Shane Martin, editor
Reader in Comparative Politics, University of Leicester

José Antonio Cheibub, editor
Boeschenstein Professor of Political Economy and Public Policy and Professor of Political Science, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

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Part I Introduction

1 Investiture Rules and Government Formation

Bjørn Erik Rasch, Shane Martin, and José Antonio Cheibub

Part II Varieties of Investiture Rules

3 Changing Investiture Rules in Belgium

Audrey André, Sam Depauw, and Kris Deschouwer

4 Investiture Rules in Germany

Steffen Ganghof and Christian Stecker

5 A Rule for All Seasons?

Péter Horváth

Part III Investiture Rules and Minority Government

Part IV Beyond Investiture Rules: Legislative Norms and Government Formation

15 Parliamentary Parties in the Netherlands

André Krouwel and Jelle Koedam

Part V Conclusion

19 Investiture Rules Unpacked

Bjørn Erik Rasch, Shane Martin, and José Antonio Cheibub