The Reform Capacity of Coalition Governments

23 Pages Posted: 13 Aug 2009 Last revised: 18 Aug 2009

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Johannes Lindvall

Lund University - Department of Political Science

Date Written: 2009

Abstract

Many students of comparative politics believe that countries with proportional representation have low reform capacity since coalition governments are unable to respond effectively to changes in the economic and social environment. My aim is to question this view. This paper argues that reform capacity does not depend on the number of parties in government, but on the availability of institutions that allow parties to commit to policy packages. The paper tests the argument empirically through an investigation of employment policies in four European democracies: Belgium, Britain, Ireland, and the Netherlands.

Keywords: Coalition governments, labor market reforms, Belgium, Ireland, the Netherlands, United Kingdom

JEL Classification: D70

Suggested Citation

Lindvall, Johannes, The Reform Capacity of Coalition Governments (2009). APSA 2009 Toronto Meeting Paper, Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=1450330

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