Reform Processes and Policy Change

Volume 16 of the series Studies in Public Choice pp 269-283


Veto Players, Reform Processes and Policy Change: Concluding Remarks

  • Thomas KönigAffiliated withDepartment of Social Sciences, University of MannheimMZES, University of Mannheim Email author 
  • , Marc DebusAffiliated withMZES, University of Mannheim

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We recapitulate the main findings of the contributions of this book, which provides an evaluation of the current state of veto player theory for the analysis of reform making in modern democracies. The contributions of this book provide for further insights into three central aspects of veto player analysis in order to explain reforms in modern democracies. Given Tsebelis’ framework on the interaction between political actors’ institutional power, their preferences, and the location of the status quo, the book chapters stress (1) the identification of veto players’ preference for measuring their reform-making behaviour, (2) the interpretation of other phenomena in complex veto player systems, which can provide additional insight into reform making, and (3) the modelling of strategic reform-making behaviour in veto player systems.