Coalition dynamics and the changing German party system


Lees, C., 2010. Coalition dynamics and the changing German party system. German Politics & Society, 28 (3), pp. 119-132.

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    The article draws upon the formal coalition literature to demonstrate that party system change over the last thirty years means that the Volksparteien enjoy more coalition options and greater ideological leverage within coalitions that form than was the case in the past. The Free Democrats have lost their kingmaker status and the distribution of party weights over recent elections allows no other small party to act in this manner. By contrast, the numerical and ideological resources possessed by the two Volksparteien means that they remain the only parties within the German party system that can act as formateur in the coalition game and are less vulnerable to threats of a decisive defection by small parties to alternative coalitions than they were in the past.


    Item Type Articles
    CreatorsLees, C.
    DepartmentsFaculty of Humanities & Social Sciences > Politics Languages and International Studies
    Publisher StatementLees_GP_and_S_2014_Version.docx: This is a post-peer-review, pre-copyedited version of an article published in German Politics & Society. The definitive publisher-authenticated version Lees, C. (2010). Coalition dynamics and the changing German party system. German Politics & Society, 28(3), 119-132 is available online at:
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