How fractionalisation and polarisation explain the level of government turn-over

Simon Otjes*

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Abstract

This article seeks to explain to what extent government composition changes in cabinet formations: it examines why some party systems tend to see wholesale turn-over (where all government parties were previously in opposition) and others only see partial turn-over (where some of the government parties were previously in government). This distinction has been described by many prominent political scientists. Yet there is limited research into the underlying causes. This article examines the importance of both party system characteristics and conditions specific to the cabinet formation: it finds that specifically the interaction between number of parties in a party system and their distribution over the political space matters for the level of party turn-over in government.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)41-66
Number of pages26
JournalActa Politica
Volume55
Issue number1
Early online date27-Jun-2018
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Jan-2020

Keywords

  • PARTY SYSTEMS
  • COMPETITION
  • ALTERNATION
  • PATTERNS
  • QUALITY

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