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Paul Chaisty, Nic Cheeseman, and Timothy J. Power

Print publication date: 2018

Print ISBN-13: 9780198817208

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: March 2018

DOI: 10.1093/oso/9780198817208.001.0001

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Towards a Framework for Analysis

Towards a Framework for Analysis

The Presidential Toolbox

(p.75) 4 Towards a Framework for Analysis
Coalitional Presidentialism in Comparative Perspective

Paul Chaisty

Nic Cheeseman

Timothy J. Power

Oxford University Press

This chapter outlines the book’s framework for analysing coalition management under multiparty presidentialism. It defines the concepts of coalition and coalition management, and states the book’s assumptions about the motivations of formateurs. It specifies the five main tools that comprise the multi-dimensional understanding of coalition management: legislative, cabinet, partisan, budget, and informal tools (the ‘exchange of favours’), which are known collectively as the ‘presidential toolbox’. It also outlines the costs associated with the deployment of each tool. Finally, it presents the argument that presidents operate as cost minimizers, and shows that their perceptions of the costs that each tool entails are shaped by a range of systemic-level, coalition-level, and conjunctural factors.

Keywords:   coalitions, coalition management, presidents, legislatures, legislative powers, cabinets, parties, budget, informal powers, presidentialism

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