All the President's Men and Women: Coalition Management Strategies and Governing Costs in a Multiparty Presidency


Carlos Pereira, Frederico Berthonlini, Eric D. Raile


Presidential Studies Quarterly


This project examines the effects of a president's coalition management decisions on associated governing costs in a multiparty system. A strategic president who is concerned about policy outcomes and about her various management functions will consider these costs in working toward an optimal strategy. The results of our empirical analyses support the argument that large and ideologically diverse coalitions and disproportional cabinets tend to be more expensive over time. Further, the results indicate that presidential choices about how to manage coalitions influence governing costs even after controlling for a variety of other factors that matter to the bargaining game.



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