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This ebook examines how events negotiate coalition bargains on the subnational point utilizing the examples of Germany and Spain. In such multi-level settings, events are current at quite a few negotiation tables usually having to make tricky offerings approximately their function within the coalition and the relative benefits of being in executive over the competition.

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By I. Stefuriuc

This ebook examines how events negotiate coalition bargains on the subnational point utilizing the examples of Germany and Spain. In such multi-level settings, events are current at quite a few negotiation tables usually having to make tricky offerings approximately their function within the coalition and the relative benefits of being in executive over the competition.

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2006; Mahoney and Goertz, 2006). What is in essence a purely methodological divergence is polarizing political scientists to such an extent that Mahoney and Goertz (2006) have coined the debate “a tale of two cultures”. For many political scientists, methods are not simply necessary analytical tools employed to solve a theoretical or empirical problem: in this debate, each camp “has its own values, beliefs, and norms. Each is sometimes privately suspicious or sceptical of the other though usually more publicly polite.

As always, when the empirical scope of a piece of research needs to be defined, the decision is prompted by a mixture of theoretical and practical reasons. On the theoretical side, the first argument that played a role in limiting the scope of the research is geographical. The traditional coalition theories that constitute the starting point for this research have generally been elaborated in order to explain government formation in western European parliamentary democracies. It thus makes sense to choose from among this set of countries to start with, and to avoid complicated arguments about meta-cultural differences.

This conceptualization of coalition formation games as nested across parliamentary levels has significant implications for the parties’ bargaining power. If coalition formation games extend across levels, it means that the bargaining power of political parties is also cumulative across levels. A party’s pivotal position at one level can be traded for benefits at the other level (Colomer and Martínez, 1995). A party might support a minority government in one parliamentary arena on condition that it receives particular benefits in another arena.

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