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dc.contributor.advisorMcElroy, Gail
dc.contributor.advisorBenoit, Kenneth
dc.contributor.authorIbenskas, Raimondas
dc.date.accessioned2016-11-29T16:41:56Z
dc.date.available2016-11-29T16:41:56Z
dc.date.issued2012
dc.identifier.citationRaimondas Ibenskas, 'Explaining party splits and mergers in Europe', [thesis], Trinity College (Dublin, Ireland). Department of Political Science, 2012, pp 213
dc.identifier.otherTHESIS 9827
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/2262/78022
dc.description.abstractThis thesis investigates the following research question: what explains party splits and mergers? The thesis argues that splits and mergers necessitate a trade-off between political elites' office and policy or ideological goals. Parties split when political elites expect office gains or when expected office losses are lower than ideological gains. Similarly, parties merge when expected office gains are higher than ideological losses and when the merging parties are able to credibly commit to a merger agreement. These theoretical arguments are tested using statistical analyses of a new dataset recording splits and mergers of the parties with at least 1 percent of vote in 24 European democracies during the post-war period, as well as 11 qualitative case studies. In order to capture more precisely political elites' incentives to split and merge parties, these analyses distinguish between (1) major and minor splits and (2) major and takeover mergers. The size of the splinter faction relative to the parent party is larger in the case of major splits than in the case of minor splits. Major mergers occur when the label of the merged party is different from those of the merging parties, while in the case of takeover mergers the name of the merged party is the same as that of one of the merging parties.
dc.format1 volume
dc.language.isoen
dc.publisherTrinity College (Dublin, Ireland). Department of Political Science
dc.relation.isversionofhttp://stella.catalogue.tcd.ie/iii/encore/record/C__Rb15318971
dc.subjectPolitical Science, Ph.D.
dc.subjectPh.D. Trinity College Dublin
dc.titleExplaining party splits and mergers in Europe
dc.typethesis
dc.type.supercollectionthesis_dissertations
dc.type.supercollectionrefereed_publications
dc.type.qualificationlevelDoctoral
dc.type.qualificationnameDoctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.)
dc.rights.ecaccessrightsopenAccess
dc.format.extentpaginationpp 213
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