Party Government in Germany and Austria: A New Perspective from the Power Index Approach
AbstractBased 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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Bibliographic InfoArticle provided by Redfame publishing in its journal International Journal of Social Science Studies.
Volume (Year): 1 (2013)
Issue (Month): 1 (April)
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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