All the President’s Men and Women: Coalition Management Strategies and Governing Costs in a Multiparty Presidency

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Carlos Pereira

Getulio Vargas Foundation (FGV)

Frederico Bertholini

Getulio Vargas Foundation (FGV) - Brazilian School of Public and Business Administration (EBAPE); New York University Department of Politics

Eric D. Raile

North Dakota State University

Date Written: 2015

Abstract

This project examines the effects of a president’s coalition management decisions on associated governing costs in a multiparty system. A strategic president who is concerned about policy outcomes and about her various management functions will consider these costs in working toward an optimal strategy. The results of our empirical analyses support the argument that large and ideologically diverse coalitions and disproportional cabinets tend to be more expensive over time. Further, the results indicate that presidential choices about how to manage coalitions influence governing costs even after controlling for a variety of other factors that matter to the bargaining game.

Suggested Citation

Pereira, Carlos and Bertholini, Frederico and Raile, Eric D., All the President’s Men and Women: Coalition Management Strategies and Governing Costs in a Multiparty Presidency (2015). APSA 2014 Annual Meeting Paper. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2452462

Carlos Pereira (Contact Author)

Getulio Vargas Foundation (FGV) ( email )

R. Dr. Neto de Araujo 320 cj 1307
Rio de Janeiro, Rio de Janeiro 22250-900
Brazil

HOME PAGE: http://ebape.fgv.br/en/faculty-members/carlos-pereira

Frederico Bertholini

Getulio Vargas Foundation (FGV) - Brazilian School of Public and Business Administration (EBAPE) ( email )

Brazil

New York University Department of Politics ( email )

New York, NY
United States

Eric D. Raile

North Dakota State University ( email )

Fargo, ND 58105
United States

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