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15:31 Outline—the better the outline, the more on point research How to make a good outline: o Clear point—what you want to investigate o Possible explanations can solve this question-3 or 4—choose one o “I think this one does a better job of explaining this phenomenon” evidence why 3 or 4—(use Gallagher references) o A hypothesis about what you think will happen Building and Maintaining a Government (Chapter 12) This is then entire point of electoral systems Theories of political behavior: o Office-seeking politicians If office-seeking politicians then the Minimal winning coalition What is a MWC-- text o Policy-oriented politicians If policy-oriented politicians, then ideologically compact governments They want to get into office if it is going to advance their policy  goals, not just to have office and for the advancement of the party. ICG—you give seats to the other party, but since you agree on most  if not all decisions you don’t have to worry about ideology  differences. o If both office-seeking and policy-oriented, then minimal winning connected  coalitions  Keep the coalition as small as possible, but you are only going to  coalition with parties that are ideologically similar to your own. A cabinet made up of parties adjacent to each other in policy terms,  and cannot lose a part off either “end” without losing its majority. o Table 12.2: Only 31.6%  were minimal winning coalitions since the end of WWII. o But why minority governments? Policy motivations to be in opposition
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This note was uploaded on 08/30/2010 for the course GOV 38915 taught by Professor Edwards during the Fall '09 term at University of Texas.

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