The Duration of Cabinet Formation Processes in Western Multi-Party Democracies
Strategic models of coalition bargaining formation have demonstrated the importance of institutional features for an understanding of cabinet formation in West European democracies. Yet little is know about the empirical regularities of government formation processes. In this article we analyse the duration of formation processes using a semi-parametric estimation procedure on a dataset of 304 government formations in thirteen multi-party democracies. The results are consistent with a bargaining approach under incomplete information.
1 The authors are grateful to Bert Molewijk and Andre Herbrink for research assistance, as well as David Baron, Nolan McCarty, Keith Krehbiel, Randy Stevenson and Robert Wilson for helpful comments. They also thank Kaare Strom for allowing them to use his data.