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Party Government in Germany and Austria: A New Perspective from the Power Index Approach

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  • Alexander Preker
  • Jan-Erik Lane

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    (Albert-Ludwigs-University of Freiburg)

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    Based on the Banzhaf-Coleman approach to the analysis of political power, this article presents a new analysis of government coalitions. The party systems and types of government formation in Germany and Austria can be compared over time in a new systematic way from 1920. The findings support the theory of democratic stability that emphasizes the power balance between the major right- and left-wing groups in the party system. It can be achieved either by power alternation or through consociationalism.

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    Article provided by Redfame publishing in its journal International Journal of Social Science Studies.

    Volume (Year): 1 (2013)
    Issue (Month): 1 (April)
    Pages: 62-72

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    Handle: RePEc:rfa:journl:v:1:y:2013:i:1:p:62-72

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    Keywords: party government; coalitions in Germany and Austria; the power index approach; ex ante and ex post power; power imbalance between the left and right wing parties; political stability; Banzhaf numbers.;

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