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Hanna Bäck

Professor

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Coalition Agreements, Issue Attention, and Cabinet Governance

Författare

  • Heike Klüver
  • Hanna Bäck

Summary, in English

Why do coalition parties settle some policy issues in great detail, whereas other issues are hardly mentioned in coalition agreements? Coalition agreements are important policy platforms that determine policy making during the legislative term. However, we know remarkably little about their content. We shed light on why issue attention in coalition agreements varies so extensively. We argue that intra-cabinet conflict positively affects issue attention as parties have stronger incentives to negotiate a detailed policy agenda that constrains their coalition partners. However, we expect that this effect is conditioned by preference tangentiality and the salience of an issue among coalition partners. Our theoretical expectations are tested drawing on a new data set based on a comprehensive content analysis of 224 agreements negotiated by 181 parties between 1945 and 2015 in 24 West and East European countries. We find support for our hypotheses and conclude that parties draft agreements to limit “ministerial drift”.

Avdelning/ar

  • Statsvetenskapliga institutionen

Publiceringsår

2019-03-11

Språk

Engelska

Sidor

1995-2031

Publikation/Tidskrift/Serie

Comparative Political Studies

Volym

52

Issue

13-14

Dokumenttyp

Artikel i tidskrift

Förlag

SAGE Publications

Ämne

  • Political Science (excluding Public Administration Studies and Globalization Studies)

Nyckelord

  • cabinets
  • coalition agreements
  • coalition governments
  • european politics
  • political parties

Aktiv

Published

ISBN/ISSN/Övrigt

  • ISSN: 0010-4140