Let’s just agree to disagree : dispute resolution mechanisms in coalition agreements

Bowler, Shaun ; Bräuninger, Thomas ; Debus, Marc ; Indridason, Indridi H.

DOI: https://doi.org/10.1086/686805
URL: http://www.journals.uchicago.edu/doi/10.1086/68680...
Document Type: Article
Year of publication: 2016
The title of a journal, publication series: The Journal of Politics : JOP
Volume: 78
Issue number: 4
Page range: 1264-1278
Place of publication: Chicago, IL
Publishing house: University of Chicago Press
ISSN: 0022-3816 , 1468-2508
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Publication language: English
Institution: Außerfakultäre Einrichtungen > Mannheim Centre for European Social Research - Research Department B
School of Social Sciences > Politikwissenschaft, Vergleichende Regierungslehre (Debus 2012-)
School of Social Sciences > Political Science, Political Economy (Bräuninger 2009-)
Subject: 320 Political science
Abstract: Scholars of coalition politics have increasingly begun to focus on conflict within coalitions. Here we examine the role of coalition agreements in managing intracoalitional conflict. We argue that there is a trade-off between making policy agreements at the coalition’s formation (e.g., by making very detailed policy platforms) and postponing the issue’s resolution by creating procedures for settling policy disputes. We argue that the trade-off is increasingly likely to be resolved in favor of relying on a formal dispute resolution mechanism when coalitions are ideologically heterogeneous and the coalition parties differ in size. We test our theory using data from the German Länder between 1990 and 2013. These data allow us to isolate the effects of the bargaining situation and ideology while holding the institutional context constant. The empirical results support our main argument: When intracoalition conflict is high, parties write shorter coalition contracts but are more likely to adopt procedures for conflict resolution.

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