Uniting the Incompatible
This thesis test the extent to which coalition theory can provide an explanation for the formation of the extra-parliamentary construct in the Limburg Provincial Council after its election of 2019. The extra-parliamentary construct was deemed a novelty in the Dutch provinces. Coalition theory provides a framework which expects the formation of a nonpartisan government when the fractionalisation and polarisation of the party system combined with institutional and political constraints complicate the formation of a coalition, despite parties’ willingness to participate in government. The empirical analysis of the party system, institutional elements and the formation process leads to the conclusion that coalition theory does not provide a conclusive explanation for the formation of the extraparliamentary construct.
Faculteit der Managementwetenschappen