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Russell J. Dalton, David M. Farrell, and Ian McAllister

Print publication date: 2011

Print ISBN-13: 9780199599356

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: February 2015

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:osobl/9780199599356.001.0001

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Government Formation and Democratic Representation

Government Formation and Democratic Representation

(p.160) (p.161) 7 Government Formation and Democratic Representation
Political Parties and Democratic Linkage

Russell J. Dalton

David M. Farrell

Ian McAllister

Oxford University Press

This chapter shifts the focus from elections to government, and to the representative linkage between parties and citizens that occurs after the votes are counted. It first reviews the literature on government coalition formation, and illustrates these processes with the nations from the Comparative Study of Electoral Systems (CSES). It reviews the previous literature on political representation and offers a dynamic extension of this literature. It then examines the empirical correspondence between citizens and their government as a test of the dynamic model and explains how dynamic representation occurs. The concluding section discusses the implications of the findings for the framework of party-based governance.

Keywords:   government coalition formation, Comparative Study of Electoral Systems, political representation, dynamic representation, party-based governance, political parties

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