chapter  9
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Norway

Towards a more inclusive parliamentary regime
WithKaare W. Strøm

This chapter examines the unusual tendency towards minority governments in Norway’s parliamentary democracy, as well as its constitutional setting, in which government formation takes place; the political party system; and the conventions and practices that these parties have developed concerning coalition bargaining and governance. More permissive or flexible trends in Norwegian coalition politics have led to the inclusion in executive office of parties that were previously unrepresented. Nonetheless, minority governments continue to be the most common cabinet type in Norway. Thus, coalition bargaining in Norway has become more inclusive but not obviously more majoritarian.