Danish Experiences with Coalition Governments and Coalition Governance

Flemming Juul Christiansen, Robert Klemmensen

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In this chapter we outline the Danish and Scandinavian experiences with coalition governments and coalition governance. We do so by first briefly describing the historical path that has led to the political system we see working today in these countries. Then we tell about the political culture and institutional factors that lead to coalition governments.
In the third section, we look at the nature of political agreements. We discuss
the preconditions for coalition governments or coalition governance and its
pros and cons. We focus on the trade-offs between including different interests
into legislative coalitions and the possible lack of clarity of responsibility or of
party identity that this inclusion entails.
Original languageDanish
Title of host publicationCoalition Building : Finding Solutions Together
EditorsHanne Lund Madsen
Number of pages18
Place of PublicationKøbenhavn
PublisherDanish Institute for Parties and Democracy - DIPD
Publication date2015
ISBN (Print)978-87-92796-30-1
ISBN (Electronic)978-87-92796-31-8
Publication statusPublished - 2015

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