The book offers an explanatory framework for understanding minority government performance that includes the design of political institutions, the reconcilability of party goals and the contingent partisan bargaining circumstances, all of which are understood in multilevel perspective where relevant. The utility of the framework is demonstrated through an in depth empirical examination of governments in Spain, and Spain is placed in comparative perspective. It argues that Spain’s minority governments have been effective in part because the political institutions and contingent partisan bargaining circumstances tended to strengthen the government’s bargaining position. Moreover, the goals of Spain’s statewide governing parties and regional parties were distinct yet often reconcilable, fostering cooperation during minority governments.
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