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A Unified Model of Cabinet Dissolution in Parliamentary Democracies

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Dataset : survey data
  • King, Gary
  • Alt, James E.
  • Burns, Nancy
  • Laver, Michael
Other Title
  • Version 1 (Subtitle)
Publication Date
Free Keywords
democracy; legislative bodies; parliamentary governments; political systems
  • Abstract

    The literature on cabinet duration is split between two apparently irreconcilable positions. The ATTRIBUTES THEORISTS seek to explain cabinet duration as a fixed function of measured explanatory variables, while the EVENTS PROCESS THEORISTS model cabinet durations as a product of purely stochastic processes. In this paper, we build a unified statistical model that combines the insights of these previously distinct approaches. We also generalize this unified model, and all previous models, by including (1) a stochastic component that takes into account the censoring that occurs as a result of governments lasting to the vicinity of the maximum constitutional interelection period, (2) a systematic component that precludes the possibility of negative duration predictions, and (3) a much more objective and parsimonious list of explanatory variables, the explanatory power of which would not be improved by including a list of indicator variables for individual countries.
  • Table of Contents


    • DS1: Dataset
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Alternative Identifiers
  • 1115 (Type: ICPSR Study Number)
  • Alt, James E., King, Gary. Transfers of governmental power: The meaning of time dependence. Comparative Political Studies.27, (2), 190-210.1994.
    • ID: 10.1177/0010414094027002002 (DOI)
  • King, Gary, Alt, James E., Burns, Nancy Elizabeth, Laver, Michael. A Unified Model of Cabinet Dissolution in Parliamentary Democracies. American Journal of Political Science.34, (3), 846-871.1990.
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King, Gary; Alt, James E.; Burns, Nancy; Laver, Michael (1996): A Unified Model of Cabinet Dissolution in Parliamentary Democracies. Version 1. Version: v1. ICPSR - Interuniversity Consortium for Political and Social Research. Dataset.