Lee Michael Savage, "Who
gets in? Ideology and government membership in Central and
Eastern Europe," Party Politics, 20 (July, 2014),
547-562. [Available at http://ppq.sagepub.com/content/vol20/issue4/
Who gets into government and why? These are the key
questions for scholars of coalition formation. The obvious
answer is the 'party that won the election', but while it is
true that the largest party in parliament tends to govern,
in most democracies it rarely governs alone. It is for this
reason that we must consider the factors that determine
which particular parties get to participate in government as
part of a coalition.
- Figures and
- Table 1. Parties and governments in Central and
- Table 2. Correlations between expert survey and
corresponding dimensions from the Benoit and Laver
- Table 3. Means and standard errors of party policy
positions by country. Czech Republic Hungary Poland
- Table 4. Logit estimation of parties' likelihood of
getting into government.
- Figure 1. Effect of ideological distance fromthe
formateur on probability of getting into government.
- Figure 2. Effect of ideological distance from the
median on probability of getting into government.
- Table 5. Change in predicted probability of
participating in government.
- Table A1. Dimensions in the expert survey of party
- Table A2. Correlations between party policy positions
and Benoit and Laver's left-right dimension.
These ideological variables were the most significant
determinants of which parties get into government in CEE,
along with previous experience of participation in a
government that terminated prematurely. This demonstrates
that when the left-right dimension is operationalized with
due consideration to the context of CEE, ideology matters:
it structures party competition for government right across
the region and has also been important over time.