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Coalition formation: the role of procedure and policy flexibility

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  • Annelies de Ridder

    () (Radboud University Nijmegen)

  • Agnieszka Rusinowska

    () (GATE, University of Lyon, CNRS, ENS-LSH, Centre Léon Bérard, France)

  • Elena Saiz

    () (Radboud University Nijmegen)

  • Eligius K.M. Hendrix

    () (University of Wageningen,)

Abstract

In this paper, we analyze a spatial model of coalition formation with data from Dutch elections and with theoretical results. First, we study different procedures of coalition formation. The model shows that procedure plays an important role in reaching a coalition agreement and that political parties do not necessarily benefit from being a firstmover. Moreover, it is shown that a decrease in a party’s flexibility can be beneficial in coalition negotiations. Furthermore, we find that certain power sharing tactics do not always lead to an agreement that is in a party’s advantage. The main message put forward is that the process of coalition formation plays a more important role than is usually acknowledged in literature and practice.

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  • Annelies de Ridder & Agnieszka Rusinowska & Elena Saiz & Eligius K.M. Hendrix, 2008. "Coalition formation: the role of procedure and policy flexibility," Working Papers 0806, Groupe d'Analyse et de Théorie Economique Lyon St-Étienne (GATE Lyon St-Étienne), Université de Lyon.
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    1. Steven Brams & Michael Jones & D. Kilgour, 2005. "Forming stable coalitions: The process matters," Public Choice, Springer, vol. 125(1), pages 67-94, July.
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    3. Warwick, Paul V., 2005. "When Far Apart Becomes Too Far Apart: Evidence for a Threshold Effect in Coalition Formation," British Journal of Political Science, Cambridge University Press, vol. 35(03), pages 383-401, July.
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    Keywords

    coalition formation; elections; simultaneous procedure; step-by-step procedure;

    JEL classification:

    • C7 - Mathematical and Quantitative Methods - - Game Theory and Bargaining Theory
    • D72 - Microeconomics - - Analysis of Collective Decision-Making - - - Political Processes: Rent-seeking, Lobbying, Elections, Legislatures, and Voting Behavior

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