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Title: The Use of control mechanisms in coalition governments: The role of preference tangentiality and repeated interactions
Author: Falcó Gimeno, Albert
Keywords: Coalicions
Europa occidental
Western Europe
Issue Date: 15-Mar-2012
Publisher: SAGE Publications
Abstract: In this article I argue that coalitions will tend to employ control mechanisms to facilitate the adoption of compromise policies only when the expected benefit of their use is high enough. When partners are already satisfied with log-rolling policies (compartmentalized by jurisdiction), or when compromise is already attainable self-enforcingly, there are few incentives to use them. Conversely, when partners are interested in compromise policies but are unable to reach that outcome in equilibrium, then control mechanisms are likely to be implemented. The empirical evidence offered tends to support the two main hypotheses of this work: control mechanisms are less necessary when the tangentiality of partners' preferences is high and when they foresee frequent mutual interactions. However, that seems to work better for the allocation of watchdog junior ministers rather than for the writing of comprehensive policy agreements.
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It is part of: Party Politics, 2012, vol. 24, num. 3, p. 341-356
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ISSN: 1354-0688
Appears in Collections:Articles publicats en revistes (Ciència Política, Dret Constitucional i Filosofia del Dret)

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