The relationship between coalition policy and party policy

Michael Laver

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    The recent availability of multidimensional interval level data on the policy positions of most European political parties opens the way for a more sophisticated development and testing of policy-based coalition theories. This paper considers some of the conceptual and operational problems involved in dealing with notions such as the "policy package" of a coalition, the "policy distance" between two points in policy space, and the "aggregate policy distance" of a group of parties. It shows that party-specific perceptions of the salience of issue dimensions can have a considerable impact on the predictions of the theories concerned, which deal with coalition membership, coalition payoffs and coalition policy.

    Original languageEnglish (US)
    Pages (from-to)243-269
    Number of pages27
    JournalEuropean Journal of Political Economy
    Issue number2
    StatePublished - 1985

    ASJC Scopus subject areas

    • Economics and Econometrics
    • Political Science and International Relations


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