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Title: The Political dynamics of portfolio design in European democracies
Author: Sieberer, Ulrich
Meyer, Thomas M.
Bäck, Hanna
Ceron, Andrea
Falcó Gimeno, Albert
Guinaudeau, Isabelle
Hansen, Martin Ejnar
Kolltveit, Kristoffer
Louwerse, Tom
Müller, Wolfgang C.
Persson, Thomas
Keywords: Multipartidisme
Gestió de cartera
Europa occidental
Multi-party system
Portfolio management
Western Europe
Issue Date: 10-Sep-2019
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Abstract: The design of government portfolios - that is, the distribution of competencies among government ministries and office holders - has been largely ignored in the study of executive and coalition politics. This article argues that portfolio design is a substantively and theoretically relevant phenomenon that has major implications for the study of institutional design and coalition politics. The authors use comparative data on portfolio design reforms in nine Western European countries since the 1970s to demonstrate how the design of government portfolios changes over time. Specifically, they show that portfolios are changed frequently (on average about once a year) and that such shifts are more likely after changes in the prime ministership or the party composition of the government. These findings suggest a political logic behind these reforms based on the preferences and power of political parties and politicians. They have major implications for the study of institutional design and coalition politics.
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It is part of: British Journal of Political Science, 2019
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ISSN: 0007-1234
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