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Coalition government and electoral accountability

Fisher, Stephen D. and Hobolt, Sara (2010) Coalition government and electoral accountability. Electoral Studies, 29 (3). pp. 358-369. ISSN 0261-3794

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Identification Number: 10.1016/j.electstud.2010.03.003


Single-party governments are commonly thought to be more clearly responsible for government policy than coalition governments. One particular problem for voters evaluating coalition governments is how to assess whether all parties within a coalition should be held equally responsible for past performance. As a result, it is generally argued that voters are less likely to hold coalition governments to account for past performance. This article uses data from the Comparative Study of Electoral Systems project to assess whether and how the composition of coalition governments affects the way in which people use their votes to hold governments to account, and which parties within coalitions are more likely to be held to account for the government’s past performance.

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Additional Information: © 2010 Elsevier Ltd.
Divisions: European Institute
Subjects: J Political Science > JA Political science (General)
Date Deposited: 29 Feb 2012 11:30
Last Modified: 02 Jul 2024 04:45

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