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Coalition formation: the role of procedure and policy flexibility

  • Eligius Hendrix

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    (Wageningen University, Logistics, Decision and Information Sciences - wageningen University)

  • Annelies De Ridder

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    (Nijmegen School of Management - Radboud university of Nijmegen)

  • Agnieszka Rusinowska

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    (CES - Centre d'économie de la Sorbonne - CNRS : UMR8174 - Université Paris I - Panthéon-Sorbonne)

  • Elena Saiz

    (Nijmegen School of Management - Radboud university of Nijmegen)

A spatial model of coalition formation is used together with data from Dutch elections and theoretical instances to 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 first-mover. Moreover, it is shown that a decrease in a party's flexibility can be (dis)advantageous in coalition negotiations. Furthermore, certain power sharing tactics appear not always to lead to an agreement that is in a party's advantage. The main message put forward is that the procedure of forming a coalition plays a more important role than is usually acknowledged in literature and practice.

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Date of creation: May 2013
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Publication status: Published, Group Decision and Negotiation, 2013, 22, 3, 407-427
Handle: RePEc:hal:cesptp:hal-00666849
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