Coalition Governments and Comparative Constitutional Design

23 Pages Posted: 27 Nov 2001

Date Written: September 2001


In this paper we present a structural approach to the study of government formation in multi party parliamentary democracies. The approach is based on the estimation of a stochastic bargaining model which we use to investigate the effects of specific institutional features of parliamentary democracy on the formation and dissolution of coalition governments. We illustrate our methodology by presenting the results of two (counterfactual) experiments of comparative constitutional design.

Keywords: Political Stability, Minority Coalitions, Government Formation, Government Dissolution, Bicameralism, Constitutions

JEL Classification: D72, H19, C73

Suggested Citation

Diermeier, Daniel and Eraslan, Hulya and Merlo, Antonio M., Coalition Governments and Comparative Constitutional Design (September 2001). Available at SSRN: or

Daniel Diermeier

Northwestern University - Kellogg School of Management ( email )

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Evanston, IL 60208
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Hulya Eraslan

Rice University ( email )

Department of Economics MS-22
Rice University P.O Box 1892
Houston, TX Texas 77251-1892
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Antonio M. Merlo (Contact Author)

University of Pennsylvania - Department of Economics ( email )

Ronald O. Perelman Center for Political Science
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Rice University ( email )

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