Divided Government in Comparative Perspective

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Robert Elgie
OUP Oxford, Nov 8, 2001 - Political Science - 254 pages
Divided government occurs when the executive fails to enjoy majority support in at least one working house of the legislature. To date, the study of divided government has focused almost exclusively on the United States. However, divided government occurs much more widely. It occurs in other presidential systems. Moreover, it is also the equivalent of minority government in parliamentary regimes and cohabitation in French-style semi-presidential systems. This book examines the frequency, causes and management of divided government in comparative context, identifying the similarities and differences between the various experiences of this increasingly frequent form of government. The countries studied include Denmark, Ecuador, Finland, France, Germany, Ireland, Mexico, Poland, and the US.
 

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Contents

1 What is Divided Government?
1
2 Divided Government in the United States
21
Executives and Legislatures in Ecuador
40
The 19972000 experience
63
From a SemiPresidential to a Parliamentary Democracy
86
Divided Government FrenchStyle
106
7 Divided Government in Poland
127
The Case of Denmark
146
The Case of the Bundesrat
167
10 Divided Government in Ireland
182
11 Divided Government in Comparative Perspective
209
Bibliography
226
Index
239
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