Flemming Juul Christiansen
and Helene Helboe Pedersen, "Minority coalition governance
in Denmark," Party Politics, 20 (November, 2014),
940-949. [Available at http://ppq.sagepub.com/content/vol20/issue6/
In proportional parliamentary democracies, single parties
only rarely win majorities, and coalition formation becomes
necessary (Laver and Schofield, 1990). The question of who
will eventually form the cabinet coalition has naturally
attracted much attention (Bäck, 2008). However, in
contrast to voters and news reporters, political scientists
have not devoted much time to the question of how the happy
coalition manages to stay together in good as well as bad
times. The question of coalition governance is at least as
important as the question of coalition formation (Thies,
2001: 580), but the topic has not attracted nearly as much
attention as coalition formation.
- Table 1. Overview of selected cases.
- Table 2. Laws regulated by coalition and/or
legislative agreements (percent).
- Table 3. Laws regulated by coalition and/or
legislative agreements shown for different types of
governments and policy areas (percent).
- Table 4. Laws passed by the 'bloc-majority' shown for
laws regulated by different agreements.
A study of Danish governments urges a discussion of how
general the results can be. Studying only three
governments in a single country naturally compromises the
generalizability of the results. However, we do not
believe the three governments selected deviate in any
systematic manner from the 'usual' Danish governments,
and we actually expect that our findings may be even
clearer in other countries with a lower frequency of
minority governments. All Danish governments - regardless
of parliamentary strength - are likely to be influenced
by the strong tradition of legislative agreement
formation and consensual practice, so the difference
between majority and minority governments is likely to be
even larger in countries with less well-established
minority governance practices. However, country
comparative studies are necessary to decide