Multiparty Government: The Politics of Coalition in Europe by Norman Schofield, Michael Laver (Paperback, 1998)
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- DescriptionThe politics of coalition--the very heart of the political process in most European countries--can be analyzed either theoretically or empirically. Multiparty Government reconciles these approaches. It gives students of European politics access to the insights of contemporary theory while applying it to an analysis of real-world coalition politics.Michael Laver and Norman Schofield examine five basic themes: the identity and motivation of the actors in the coalition game; the eventual membership of the coalitions they form; their durability; the payoffs that are shared out by coalition members; and the impact of constitutional bargaining, behavioral, and historical constraints on the process of coalition bargaining. They illustrate their discussion of theory with a range of detailed case studies.Multiparty Government offers an accessible approach that bridges the gap between the European politics and game theory traditions of political science, and puts the systematic study of the politics of coalition on the broader political science map. Laver and Schofield's book is at the same time accessible, pithy, down-to-earth, insightful, and yes, even captivating. In its scope and quality, it has rival in the literature of party coalitions . . . all students of political parties or legislative behavior should allow themselves the privilege of being educated and entertained by Laver and Schofield's fine book. --American Political Science ReviewMichael Laver is Professor of Political Science and Sociology, University College, Galway. His books include Playing Politics; Private Desires, Political Action: An Invitation to the Politics of Rational Choice; The Crime Game; and Social Choice and Public Policy. Norman Schofield is Professor and Director, Center in Political Ecomy, Washington University. He is the author of Statistics: Theory & Practice in the Social Sciences; Mathematical Methods in Ecomics; and Social Choice and Democracy.
- Author(s)Michael Laver,Norman Schofield
- PublisherThe University of Michigan Press
- Date of Publication31/08/1998
- SubjectInternational Relations
- Series TitleAnn Arbor Paperbacks
- Place of PublicationAnn Arbor
- Country of PublicationUnited States
- ImprintThe University of Michigan Press
- Content Noteillustrations
- Weight480 g
- Width133 mm
- Height216 mm
- Spine26 mm
- Format DetailsTrade paperback (UK)
- Edition StatementNew edition
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