Coalition Governance in Central Eastern Europe

Autor(en)
Torbjörn Bergman, Gabriella Ilonszki, Wolfgang C. Müller
Abstrakt

Coalitions among political parties govern most of Europe’s parliamentary democracies. Traditionally, the study of coalition politics has been focused on Western Europe. Coalition governance in Central Eastern Europe brings the study of the full coalition life cycle to a region that has undergone tremendous political transformation, but which has not been studied from this perspective. The volume covers Bulgaria, Estonia, the Czech Republic, Latvia, Lithuania, Hungary, Poland, Romania, Slovakia, and Slovenia. It provides information and analyses of the cycle, from electoral campaigns to formation and portfolio distribution, governing in coalitions, and the stages that eventually lead to a government termination. In Central Eastern Europe, few single-party cabinets form and there have been only a few early elections. The evidence provided shows that coalition partners in the region write write formal agreements (coalition agreements) to an extent that is similar to the patterns that we find in Western Europe, but also that they adhere less closely to these contracts. While the research on Western Europe tends to stress that coalition partners emphasize coalition compromise and mutual supervision, there is more evidence of ‘ministerial government’ by individual ministers and ministries. There are also a few coalition governance systems that are heavily dominated by prime minister. No previous study has covered the full coalition life cycle in all of the ten countries with as much detail. Systematic information is presented in 10 figures and in more than one hundred tables.

Organisation(en)
Institut für Staatswissenschaft
Externe Organisation(en)
Umeå University, Corvinus University of Budapest
Anzahl der Seiten
598
Publikationsdatum
01-2019
Peer-reviewed
Ja
ÖFOS 2012
Politische Systeme
Schlagwörter
ASJC Scopus Sachgebiete
Link zum Portal
https://ucris.univie.ac.at/portal/de/publications/coalition-governance-in-central-eastern-europe(2a0100e0-d625-4d7f-b79b-39ac302a5445).html