Patterns of junior partner influence on the foreign policy of coalition governments

Oppermann, Kai and Brummer, Klaus (2014) Patterns of junior partner influence on the foreign policy of coalition governments. British Journal of Politics and International Relations, 16 (4). pp. 555-571. ISSN 1369-1481

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This article contributes to research on the foreign policy influence of junior partners in coalition governments. In particular, it takes up the call to pay greater attention to different patterns and pathways of such influence. To this purpose, this article distinguishes two types of coalition set-ups for foreign policy making. In the first type, junior partners hold one or more departments in the foreign policy executive, and their foreign policy influence rests on the powers that controlling ministries in the field brings. In the second type, junior partners do not hold any department in foreign affairs, and their influence comes from their ability to constrain the discretion of the senior partner in foreign policy. The article exemplifies its theoretical contentions in comparative case studies on the current coalition governments in Germany and the UK, which represent the first and second type respectively.

Item Type: Article
Schools and Departments: School of Law, Politics and Sociology > Politics
Subjects: J Political Science
Depositing User: Kai Oppermann
Date Deposited: 03 Oct 2013 13:40
Last Modified: 06 Mar 2015 14:26
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