Most studies of coalition behavior have treated political parties as unitary actors. Building on extant literature, this paper relaxes the unitary actor assumption in order to develop a theory about the impact of party factionalism on cabinet duration. Specifically, cabinets composed of factionalized parties are expected to exhibit less stability. Crossnational data corroborate the hypothesis, demonstrating the importance of intra-party characteristics in determining coalition behavior.
- Cabinet duration
- Principal-agent model
ASJC Scopus subject areas
- Sociology and Political Science