The Vote of Investiture in Parliaments

In many countries, incoming governments need to secure the support of a parliamentary majority in a formal vote of investiture in order to take office. In practice, investiture requirements vary significantly. In some cases the entire government (or each government minister separately) must win a confidence vote after the government platform has been presented.

Some parliaments elect a candidate for Prime Minister and the actual process of government formation takes place after the vote. The decision rule may be absolute or simple majority, often embedded in an elaborate multi-stage voting procedure. The seminar in Florence is part of a series of meetings exploring the design and significance of investiture rules and practices. The aim is to get a better understanding of what kind of investiture requirements that exist, how the various investiture rules work and what their normative properties and political effects are (e.g., for government composition and durability). The end product will be large-N comparative analyses of investiture mechanisms, confidence procedures and government formation, as well as a number of case studies. The case studies will be of two types. Some countries are selected because they have interesting types of investiture procedures. We want to cover all the main types and analyze how they work in practice. The second set of case studies is related to government formation. Two types of "deviant cases" are selected for closer examination: Countries that have a significant number of minority governments despite an investiture vote, and, secondly, countries that always are governed by majority coalitions although no investiture exists.

Unpacking Parliamentarism: How Investiture Rules Shape Government Formation (working title of edited book). Author Guidelines. List of chapters with confirmed authors.


ECPR Research Session in Florence (19-22 June 2012)

Contacts: Bjørn Erik Rasch (University of Oslo), Natalia Ajenjo (University of Burgos) and Shane Martin (Dublin City University).

The purpose of the ECPR Research Session meeting is to discuss new contributions to the project, i.e. interesting cases not covered so far. We will also focus on publication plans for the project.


Seminar in Paris (8 March 2012)

The seminar in Paris follows previous panel sessions at the 6th ECPR General Conference in Reykjavik (25-27 August 2011) and the Oslo-Rome International Workshop on Democracy (7-9 November 2011).

Organized by the Research Programme on Democracy, University of Oslo.

Contacts: Bjørn Erik Rasch (University of Oslo), Natalia Ajenjo (University of Burgos), Shane Martin (Dublin City University) and

Local contact: Olivier Rozenberg (Sciences Po, Paris)

Published Jan. 18, 2012 4:23 PM - Last modified May 6, 2013 10:01 AM