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Carol Mershon is Associate Professor of Government and Foreign Affairs at the University of Virginia. She is the co-editor of Italian Politics: Ending the First Republic.
"The Costs of Coalition is an extremely valuable contribution to comparative politics ... [which] marshals a great variety of data in a way that is readily intelligible. It will be required reading in any course on European coalition government." - Norman Schofield, Washington University at St. Louis "This book successfully transforms the notion of the 'costs of coalition' into a set of organizing principles for the much broader literature on government formation. Not only does it develop interesting new insights, but it also offers an exhaustive empirical exploration of many aspects of the making and breaking of governments that goes far beyond what was previously available." - Michael Laver, University College, Dublin " ...The book shows that Mershon is a careful, creative, and insightful scholar. Coalition theory and comparative politics in general will greatly benefit from this book." - Journal of Politics