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Coalition Building Model: the Evidence from German Regions

Student: Stanislav Klimovich

Supervisor: Irina Busygina

Faculty: Faculty of Social Sciences

Educational Programme: Applied Politics (Master)

Final Grade: 10

Year of Graduation: 2016

The majority of governments in European parliamentary systems are coalitions of several parties. Cabinets in Germany are also predominantly coalitional, both on the federal and reginal levels. In order to understand what coalitions can be formed and why, political scientists have elaborated many explanatory models and concepts. This study provides a rational choice institutionalism model explaining the coalition building process for positive parliamentarism and forecasting its results in German federal states. The model is being tested on all cases of coalition formation in German regions since 1990 country’s reunification.

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