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Quantitative Measurements

  1. In the parliament that follows there are five parties ordered from left to right alphabetically and with the distribution of seats indicated.

    Ideology: Left Center-left Center Center-right Right
    Parties: V W X Y Z
    Seats: 20 15 10 25 30
    Total seats: 100        
    Majority: 51        

    1. List all possible winning coalitions (WC).

    2. List all possible minimum winning coalitions (MWC).

    3. List all possible minimally connected winning coalitions (MCWC).

  2. Look at the distribution of seats between parties in the parliament of Norway elected in 2005.

    Ideology Left Center-left Center Center-right  
    Right
     
    Parties: Socialist   Labor Agrarian   Christian   Liberal  Progressive   Conservative
      SV DNA SP KRF V FRP H
    Seats: 15 61 11 11 10 38 23
    Total seats: 169            
    Majority: 85            

    1. List all possible minimum winning coalitions (MWC).

    2. List all possible minimally connected winning coalitions (MCWC).

    3. Discuss the characteristics of the so-called “Red-Green” coalition government that was formed. Led by the Labor Party (DNA), it included the Socialists (SV) and the Center-Agrarians (SP, considered “greens”).

    4. Discuss the viability of other alternative majority coalitions.



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