[EM] Stability WITHIN legislatures

David Catchpole s349436 at student.uq.edu.au
Mon Aug 23 17:28:13 PDT 1999

In parliamentary systems, the opposite tends to occur- the mass parties of
the left and right (who have the blessing, like it or not, of the smaller
more extremist parties) seek the support of small centrist groups. The
most obvious case of this is in Germany, where the Centre-Left is in
coalition with the Left-Centre, while the smaller "ex-communist" left
party looks on.

On Mon, 23 Aug 1999 ECOLING at aol.com wrote:

> The major near-center parties
> tend to exclude the other nearest competitor,
> form coalitions with the more extreme parties
> on their own areas of the political spectrum?

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