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A world of difference: the sources of regional government composition and alternation

Schakel, Arjan H. and Massetti, Emanuele (2017) A world of difference: the sources of regional government composition and alternation West European Politics, 41 (3). pp. 703-727.

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Abstract

This article aims to explain longitudinal and cross-sectional variation in regional government composition – oversized majorities and incongruence between regional and national governments (cross-cutting) – and regional government alternation. The analysis focuses on the explanatory value of a wide range of regional-level institutional variables, such as majoritarian vs. proportional voting systems and established practices of consociationalism. In addition, it provides a tentative exploration of the impact of regional (i.e. non-state-wide) parties on government composition and alternation. The findings show that most institutional variables have the expected impact, e.g., majoritarian voting systems increase government alternation and consensual practices decrease both cross-cutting and alternation. The analysis also suggests that regional parties impact on government composition and alternation in two ways. Strong regional parties increase cross-cutting and, once in office, they tend to reduce alternation. Smaller regional parties out of office tend to increase alternation and to decrease oversized government as their seat shares grow.

Item Type: Article
Divisions : Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences > Department of Politics
Authors :
NameEmailORCID
Schakel, Arjan H.
Massetti, Emanuelee.massetti@surrey.ac.uk
Date : 29 November 2017
Identification Number : 10.1080/01402382.2017.1400237
Copyright Disclaimer : © 2017 The Author(s). Published by Informa UK Limited, trading as Taylor & Francis Group. This is an Open Access article distributed under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial- NoDerivatives License (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc-nd/4.0/), which permits non-commercial re-use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited, and is not altered, transformed, or built upon in any way.
Uncontrolled Keywords : Regional government; Regional executive; Regional parties; Regional elections
Additional Information : Supplemental data for this article can be accessed here: https://doi.org/10.1080/01402382.2017.1400237
Depositing User : Clive Harris
Date Deposited : 08 Dec 2017 13:57
Last Modified : 14 Mar 2018 13:05
URI: http://epubs.surrey.ac.uk/id/eprint/845193

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