Government Formation in Multi-Level Settings: Party Strategy by I. Stefuriuc

By I. Stefuriuc

This e-book examines how events negotiate coalition bargains on the subnational point utilizing the examples of Germany and Spain. In such multi-level settings, events are current at numerous negotiation tables usually having to make tricky offerings approximately their function within the coalition and the relative advantages of being in executive over the competition.

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If the first appears to be the case, the researcher can repeat the SNA with the aid of other cases. If on the contrary the conclusion is that the original theory is faulty, the researcher can then move on to attempting to redress the flaws and build a new theory. 36 Government Formation in Multi-Level Settings In the second scenario, the results of the LNA carried out in the first step are not sufficiently strong to support the original hypotheses. The researcher must then embark on a model-building small-N analysis (MbSNA).

However, the same coalition formula might not be a viable option at both levels if the electoral results of the parties across levels are very dissimilar. Thus one can expect that incongruent coalitions are more likely to occur the more asymmetrical the national and their respective sub-national party systems are and the more dissimilar the electoral outcomes. Likewise, symmetrical party systems and largely similar electoral results are more likely to increase the chances that congruent coalitions will form.

The LNA carried out in Chapters 4 and 5 is complemented with seven case studies of regional coalition formation, presented in Chapter 6. The selection of cases for this intensive exploration of the process is guided by the findings of the LNA. The purpose of this exploration is two-fold. e. theory-testing). For this purpose, cases that were correctly predicted by the theory were selected from both Germany and Spain. e. theory-building). For this second purpose, cases which the theory failed to predict in the LNA were selected from the two countries 38 Government Formation in Multi-Level Settings under investigation.

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