Intra-Party Diversity and Ministerial Selection in Coalition Governments. A Comparative Analysis of Four Western European Countries

Autor(en)
Hanna Bäck, Marc Debus, Wolfgang Claudius Müller
Abstrakt

This study focuses on the allocation of politicians to cabinet offices in different
institutional settings. We argue that cabinet ministers are appointed with the aim of minimizing the policy distance to the most important principal, which could be the Prime Minister, the coalition, or the individual parties that form the coalition. We advance this field of research by performing a comparative analysis of different coalition systems. We evaluate our hypotheses by estimating the policy positions of Austrian, German and Swedish politicians on the basis of a computerized content analysis of their speeches given in parliament. The results provide support for our argument and show that the policy distance towards the dominant principal is important for becoming a cabinet member.

Organisation(en)
Institut für Staatswissenschaft
Externe Organisation(en)
Lund University, Universität Mannheim
Journal
Public Choice
Band
166
Seiten
355–378
ISSN
0048-5829
Publikationsdatum
04-2016
Peer-reviewed
Ja
ÖFOS 2012
Allgemeine Staatslehre
Schlagwörter
ASJC Scopus Sachgebiete
Link zum Portal
https://ucris.univie.ac.at/portal/de/publications/intraparty-diversity-and-ministerial-selection-in-coalition-governments-a-comparative-analysis-of-four-western-european-countries(affb8ef3-4cf5-4251-933b-2eed072d1d4b).html