Coalition policy perceptions

Bowler, Shaun ; Gschwend, Thomas ; Indridason, Indridi H.

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Document Type: Article
Year of publication: 2020
The title of a journal, publication series: The Journal of Politics : JOP
Volume: 82
Issue number: 4
Page range: 1458-1473
Place of publication: Chicago, IL
Publishing house: University of Chicago Press
ISSN: 0022-3816 , 1468-2508
Publication language: English
Institution: Außerfakultäre Einrichtungen > Mannheim Centre for European Social Research - Research Department B
School of Social Sciences > Politische Wissenschaft, Quantitative Sozialwissenschaftliche Methoden (Gschwend 2007-)
Subject: 320 Political science
Abstract: We examine how voters form expectations about the policy positions of coalition governments. The literature generally assumes that voters believe the influence of coalition parties on government policy is proportional to the coalition parties’ sizes. Yet little is known about whether, or how, voters form such expectations. In this article we leverage data from Austria, Germany, and Sweden and find that voters do not see coalition party influence as proportional. Voters take account of the coalition parties’ bargaining strength, perceiving smaller coalition parties to have disproportional influence on coalition policy. In other words, voters who live under and vote for coalition governments have a somewhat different sense of policy outcomes than the literature currently suggests.

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