Government Formation as an Optimal Combination of the Office- and Policy-Motivation of Parties

Abstract:

Empirically studies show that, in coalition building processes, parties are motivated both by offices and by policy. Further, different parties can be motivated to different degrees by these two elements. While this finding has been well known for some decades, formal coalition theories which integrate both elements in one model have been developed not before the late 1990s, and – even more surprising – they have not been tested empirically yet for Germany which is one of the most important countries with coalition governments. It is this projects main goal to explain the coalition building processes in Germany on the federal and the state level with help of these newer coalition theories and to estimate the degrees to which the parties are motivated by offices or policy, respectively.

 

Project Director:

Prof. Dr. Dr. h.c. Franz U. Pappi
Mannheim Center for European Social Research, Germany

Jun.-Prof. Dr. Eric Linhart
Department of Agricultural Economics, University of Kiel, Germany

Prof. Dr. Susumu Shikano
Department of Politics & Public Administration, University of Konstanz, Germany

Project Assistant:

Nicole Seher
Mannheim Center for European Social Research, Germany

Sjard Seibert
Department of Politics & Public Administration, University of Konstanz, Germany

Project Funding:

DFG

Project Duration:

2008-2012