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The Theory of Political Coalitions

The Theory of Political Coalitions,William H. Riker

The Theory of Political Coalitions   (Citations: 539)
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Published in 1962.
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    • ...Policy-blind coalition theories assume that parties are exclusively motivated by the pursuit of office benefits and therefore expect minimal winning coalitions (Riker 1962; von Neumann and Morgenstern 1953) which maximise the office payoff for the coalition parties to form...

    Helene Helboe Pedersen. What do Parties Want? Policy versus Office

    • ...This means that if there are, for example, three parties in the legislature two parties will be needed to form a minimal winning coalition (Riker 1962)...

    Marek Hanusch. Coalition incentives for political budget cycles

    • ...In his influential work The Theory of Political Coalitions, William Riker argues that democratic politics should for practical purposes be treated as a purely zero-sum game: analysts should pay attention only to ‘the direct conflicts among participants’ and ignore ‘common advantages’ – even though he admits these common advantages exist – because the simplifying assumption of pure conflict makes it possible ‘to concentrate on one important and precisely stated problem, namely, how to win’ (Riker 1962, p...

    James H. Read. Is power zero-sum or variable-sum? Old arguments and new beginnings

    • ...Since office was a constant‐sum prize, rational politicians would form coalitions that could control a majority of votes in the legislature while excluding those parties whose support was not essential, in order not to share out cabinet portfolios more widely than necessary – the famous ‘minimal winning’ criterion (Riker, 1962)...

    Thomas Quinnet al. The UK Coalition Agreement of 2010: Who Won?

    • ...First, power-orientated theories stipulate that the key criterion is whether a RNP can act as a ‘pivotal’ party—whether it controls enough seats to turn a winning coalition into a losing one or a losing coalition into a winning one (Shapley and Shubik, 1954; Riker, 1962)...

    Simon Toubeau. Regional Nationalist Parties and Constitutional Change in Parliamentar...

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