This book explores how intra-party politics affects government formation and termination in parliamentary systems, where the norm is the formation of coalition governments.
The authors look beyond party cohesion and discipline in parliamentary democracies to take a broader view, assuming a diversity of preferences among party members and then exploring the incentives that give rise to coordinated party behaviour at the electoral, legislative and executive levels. The chapters in this book share a common analytical framework, confronting theoretical models of government formation with empirical data, some drawn from cross-national analyses and others from theoretically structured case studies. A distinctive feature of the book is that it explores the impact of intra-party politics at different levels of government: national, local and EU. This offers the opportunity to investigate existing theories of coalition formation in new political settings. Finally, the book offers a range of innovative methods for investigating intra-party politics which, for example, creates a need to estimate the policy positions of individual politicians inside political parties.
This book will be of interest to political scientists, especially scholars involved in research on political parties, parliamentary systems, coalition formation and legislative behaviour, multilevel governance, European and EU politics.
Table of Contents
1. Intra-Party Politics and Coalition Governments in Parliamentary Democracy 2. Government Coalitions and Intra-Party Politics Part 1: Intra-Party Politics and Coalition Behaviour at the Subnational Level 3. Intraparty Politics and Coalition Formation 4. Party Politics and Local Government Coalition Formation 5. Party Cohesion and Party Discipline in Multilevel Systems Part 2: Intra-Party Politics and Coalition Behaviour at the National Level 6. Party Discipline and Cohesion in Comparative Perspective 7. Party Organizations, Intra-Party Policy Conflict and Coalition Bargaining in Germany 8. Party Cohesion, Party Factions and Legislative Discipline in Italy 9. Intra-Party Conflict and Cabinet Survival in 17 West European Democracies, 1945-1999 Part 3: Intra-Party Politics at the EU Level 10. The Europeanization of European Party Competition 11. Cross Pressures and Cohesion in the Transnational Party Groups of the European Parliament 12. Intraparty Politics and Coalition Governance
Daniela Giannetti is Professor of Political Science at the University of Bologna, Italy.
Kenneth Benoit is Professor of Quantitative Social Sciences in the Political Science Department at Trinity College, Dublin