Election Results and Coalition Possibilities in Ireland

Michael Laver, Kenneth A. Shepsle

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    Election results make political sense only in terms of the government formation possibilities they imply. Using a new model of government formation, this paper explores the different coalition possibilities implied by different potential election results in Ireland. This analysis provides a more rigorous theoretical foundation for the view that, given the current policy configuration of the Irish party system or something reasonably like it, Fianna Fail can remain a dominant party of government in Ireland more or less regardless of the precise outcomes of elections.

    Original languageEnglish (US)
    Pages (from-to)57-72
    Number of pages16
    JournalIrish Political Studies
    Issue number1
    StatePublished - Jan 1 1992

    ASJC Scopus subject areas

    • Sociology and Political Science
    • Political Science and International Relations


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