The role of governmental agreements in breaking political deadlock
Resistance to socially desired reforms may arise from uncertainty concerning the identity of winners and losers from reforms. Without a binding commitment, a promise to compensate losers will not raise support for reforms due to a credibility problem. This paper shows that voting simultaneously on several reforms may solve the credibility problem. It is argued that the governmental agreement in the Netherlands has served as a means to vote simultaneously on several reforms and has helped breaking political deadlocks. Moreover, we argue that the increased role of governmental agreements may have induced a mid-term cycle in electoral support for the government.
|Keywords||credibility, government formation, mid-term cycle, policy reform, voting behaviour|
|Persistent URL||dx.doi.org/10.1016/S0176-2680(98)00022-6, hdl.handle.net/1765/11434|
Dur, A.J., & Swank, O.H.. (1998). The role of governmental agreements in breaking political deadlock. European Journal of Political Economy, 561–572. doi:10.1016/S0176-2680(98)00022-6