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'Who Gets In? The Size, Experience and Ideological Determinants of Government Membership in Central and Eastern Europe'

posted on 2023-06-08, 11:23 authored by Lee Savage
This paper presents one of the first cross-national empirical analyses of government formation in Central and Eastern Europe. This is made possible by focussing on party membership of governments rather than overall government composition as the unit of analysis. The research addresses some of the key concerns about government formation in the CEE region such as the influence of party system instability and the development of programmatic political parties. A number of models of government membership are specified to assess the explanatory capacity of size, experience and ideological factors. Overall, it is found that party size and experience of a previous government that terminated prematurely are important explanations of which parties get into government. Furthermore, a party’s willingness to sacrifice policy goals significantly increases its chances of participating in government. However, ideological concerns are also relevant and appear to becoming more so over time. Our analysis shows that ideological considerations add significantly to the explanatory capacity of models that examine size and experience variables alone.


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  • Published

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  • paper

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British Association of Slavonic and East European Studies Annual Conference 2012

Event location

Cambridge University

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March 2012

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  • Politics Publications

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