Institutional Design and Party Government in Post-Communist Europe

Institutional Design and Party Government in Post-Communist Europe

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This books examines the institutional foundations of coalition government in the ten post-communist democracies of Eastern and Central Europe for the 1990-2010 period. Its central argument is that differences in the arrangement of political institutions systematically explain variations in patterns of multi-party government across these states. The book starts with the premise that electoral systems and constitutional provisions about the powers, the structure, and the relationship between parliament and the presidency determine the degree to which political power is dispersed or concentrated in the political system. The main finding of the book is that power concentration matters: political parties in those democracies where institutions are designed toconcentrate political power tend to form large electoral coalitions, they tend to form majority rather than undersized governments, and they build more durable cabinets.In terms of the actual number of days both cabinets have lasted the same length of time. ... In the case of the Czech Republic the difference is small, however in the other two states the difference is 100 days or more. Table 6.1 provides strong preliminary evidence in favor of the view that the institutional foundations of poweranbsp;...

Title:Institutional Design and Party Government in Post-Communist Europe
Author: Csaba Nikolenyi
Publisher:Oxford University Press, USA - 2014-06-01

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