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Electoral systems and the politics of coalitions : why some democracies redistribute more than others

Iversen, Torben; Soskice, David


We provide an political-institutional explanation for the considerable variance in the extent to which democratic governments redistributes from higher to lower incomes. We show that the electoral system plays a key role because it shapes the composition of governing coalitions, whether these are conceived as party-forming alliances of classes or alliances between class parties. Our argument implies a) that center-left governments dominate under PR systems, while center-right governments...[Show more]

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Date published: 2003
Type: Working/Technical Paper


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