Government Formation in Central and Eastern Europe

The Case of Minority Governments

By Dorothea Keudel-Kaiser

The formation of governments without a majority in parliament is a counterintuitive (albeit empirically relevant) phenomenon: minority governments make up about one-third of all governments in Europe. This book offers an analysis of the conditions leading to the formation of minority governments in Central and Eastern Europe and provides the reader with a detailed overview of the processes. The interplay of party system features is shown to explain the formation of these minority governments. Crucial factors are a strong bifurcation of the party systems - either triggered by the dominance of two antagonistic parties or by a strong divide that structures party competition - combined with the exclusion of a high percentage of parties from coalition building or the absence of parties sharing the main policy positions. [Subject: European Studies, Politics]


Publication Date: 12/10/2014
Format: Paper
ISBN: 9783863880811