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Laver, Michael 1949-

Works: 48 works in 375 publications in 4 languages and 8,088 library holdings
Genres: Case studies  Cross-cultural studies  Political platforms 
Roles: Author, Editor, Other
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Most widely held works by Michael Laver
Private desires, political action : an invitation to the politics of rational choice by Michael Laver( )

29 editions published between 1997 and 1998 in English and held by 1,450 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Party competition : an agent-based model by Michael Laver( )

15 editions published between 2011 and 2017 in 3 languages and held by 1,092 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Party competition for votes in free and fair elections involves complex interactions by multiple actors in political landscapes that are continuously evolving, yet classical theoretical approaches to the subject leave many important questions unanswered. Here Michael Laver and Ernest Sergenti offer the first comprehensive treatment of party competition using the computational techniques of agent-based modeling. This exciting new technology enables researchers to model competition between several different political parties for the support of voters with widely varying preferences on many different issues. Laver and Sergenti model party competition as a true dynamic process in which political parties rise and fall, a process where different politicians attack the same political problem in very different ways, and where today's political actors, lacking perfect information about the potential consequences of their choices, must constantly adapt their behavior to yesterday's political outcomes. Party Competition shows how agent-based modeling can be used to accurately reflect how political systems really work. It demonstrates that politicians who are satisfied with relatively modest vote shares often do better at winning votes than rivals who search ceaselessly for higher shares of the vote. It reveals that politicians who pay close attention to their personal preferences when setting party policy often have more success than opponents who focus solely on the preferences of voters, that some politicians have idiosyncratic "valence" advantages that enhance their electability--and much more
Multiparty government : the politics of coalition in Europe by Michael Laver( Book )

34 editions published between 1990 and 2007 in English and held by 621 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The politics of coalition--the very heart of the political process in most European countries--can be analyzed either theoretically or empirically. Multiparty Government reconciles these approaches. It gives students of European politics access to the insights of contemporary theory while applying it to an analysis of real-world coalition politics. Michael Laver and Norman Schofield examine five basic themes: the identity and motivation of the actors in the coalition game; the eventual membership of the coalitions they form; their durability; the payoffs that are shared out by coalition members; and the impact of constitutional bargaining, behavioral, and historical constraints on the process of coalition bargaining. They illustrate their discussion of theory with a range of detailed case studies. Multiparty Government offers an accessible approach that bridges the gap between the "European politics" and "game theory" traditions of political science, and puts the systematic study of the politics of coalition on the broader political science map
Representative government in modern Europe by Michael Gallagher( Book )

57 editions published between 1992 and 2011 in English and held by 599 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Uniting theory and application, the third edition of Representative Government in Modern Europe continues the tradition of previous editions by first examining the themes, debates, developments and structures driving European politics, and then investigating the way in which the theories behind them are manifested, comparing the historical development, distinct interpretations and present condition of several major European governments. A thematically arranged text which introduces readers to current debates among those who analyze European politics, the 3rd edition of Representation Government in Modern Europe delves into the evolution of European politics as we embark on the 21st century. Since the last edition, astonishing changes have occurred on the political scene in Europe. Democratic transformations have taken place throughout the East, along with the emergence of a strong European Union. These two topics, as well as the state of economics in the region, have dominated the previous decade in Europe and are discussed throughout the 3rd edition
Making and breaking governments : cabinets and legislatures in parliamentary democracies by Michael Laver( Book )

24 editions published between 1995 and 2004 in English and held by 496 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Making and Breaking Governments offers a theoretical argument about how parliamentary parties form governments, deriving from the political and social context of such government formation its generic sequential process. Based on their policy preferences, and their beliefs about what policies will be forthcoming from different conceivable governments, parties behave strategically in the game in which government portfolios are allocated. The authors construct a mathematical model of allocation of ministerial portfolios, formulated as a noncooperative game, and derive equilibria. They also derive a number of empirical hypotheses about outcomes of this game, which they then test with data drawn from most of the postwar European parliamentary democracies. The book concludes with a number of observations about departmentalistic tendencies and centripetal forces in parliamentary regimes
Cabinet ministers and parliamentary government( Book )

13 editions published between 1994 and 1995 in English and held by 465 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The political executive, or cabinet, derives its mandate from, and is politically responsible to, the legislature. This book examines the constitutional relationship between legislature and executive in parliamentary regimes
Party policy in modern democracies by Kenneth Benoit( )

15 editions published between 2006 and 2009 in English and held by 458 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"Policy and Party Competition (1992) established itself as one of the mainstream data sources used by political scientists when exploring the policy positions of political parties, and has become a standard data resource for comparative political science. This book updates and extends this work, providing a wide-ranging empirical overview of party policy in 47 modern democracies, including all of the new democracies of Eastern Europe. This book will prove to be an invaluable reference for all political scientists, particularly those interested in party policy and comparative politics."--BOOK JACKET
Playing politics : the nightmare continues by Michael Laver( Book )

18 editions published between 1971 and 1997 in English and held by 387 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Presents games based on real-life politics that involve strategy and bargaining
Social choice and public policy by Michael Laver( Book )

9 editions published in 1986 in English and held by 319 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Invitation to politics by Michael Laver( Book )

26 editions published between 1983 and 1988 in English and Undetermined and held by 296 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The politics of private desires by Michael Laver( Book )

8 editions published between 1981 and 1992 in 3 languages and held by 271 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Policy and party competition by Michael Laver( Book )

10 editions published in 1992 in English and held by 245 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Party policy and government coalitions by Ian Budge( Book )

23 editions published between 1992 and 2016 in English and held by 240 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

It is usually assumed that political parties come together in a government coalition because they agree already, or can manage to reach an agreement, on the policy it should pursue. This book examines this theory, in 12 Western European countries and in Israel
The crime game by Michael Laver( Book )

6 editions published between 1982 and 1985 in English and French and held by 212 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Estimating the policy position of political actors( Book )

1 edition published in 2001 in English and held by 182 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Representative government in Western Europe by Michael Gallagher( Book )

14 editions published between 1991 and 1992 in 3 languages and held by 165 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The theory and practice of party competition : Ulster, 1973-75 by Michael Laver( Book )

8 editions published in 1976 in English and held by 140 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Estimating the policy positions of political actors by Michael Laver( )

17 editions published between 2001 and 2007 in English and held by 136 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

This work gives an up-to-date reference on the state of the art in this important methodological area, which is central both to theoretical models of party competition and to empirical accounts, whether these are case studies or comparative analyses. It looks at subjects including tracking estimates of public opinion and party policy intentions in Britain and the USA; the policy space of party manifestos; and party platforms and voters' perceptions. Its panel of respected contributors reviews the refinements which have been made to established techniques as well as considering the potential and early successes of computer coding
How Ireland voted : the Irish general election, 1987( Book )

6 editions published in 1987 in English and held by 62 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

How Ireland voted 1992 by Michael Gallagher( Book )

4 editions published in 1993 in English and Undetermined and held by 57 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

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Making and breaking governments : cabinets and legislatures in parliamentary democracies
Multiparty government : the politics of coalition in EuropeRepresentative government in modern EuropeMaking and breaking governments : cabinets and legislatures in parliamentary democraciesCabinet ministers and parliamentary governmentParty policy in modern democraciesPlaying politics : the nightmare continuesParty policy and government coalitionsEstimating the policy position of political actorsEstimating the policy positions of political actors
Alternative Names
Laver, M.

Laver, M. J.

Laver, M. J. 1949-

Laver, M. J. (Michael J.), 1949-

Laver, Michael

Laver, Michael 1949-

Laver, Michael J.

Laver, Michael J. 1949-

Laver, Michael John 1949-

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