De Economist

, Volume 132, Issue 2, pp 153–170 | Cite as

Establishing public preferences for coalition government: An empirical study in economic planning behaviour

  • J. P. Ancot
  • A. J. Hughes Hallett


The analysis of public policy demands an understanding of public priorities, and some model for evaluating alternative policy decisions rationally. Therefore models of economic planning behaviour, whether positive or normative, need to reflect collective rather than private objectives in order to be able to describe consensus decisions. This paper argues that where decisions can be treated as if derived from ‘bargaining’ between planners and an economic model through individual policy experiments, the information on which options were preferred or rejected can be used to build up the corresponding priorities via an interactive planning scheme. Certain restrictions on such representations of priorities are noted. A numerical example establishes the economic priorities of a recent Dutch coalition government, using unrestricted quadratic objectives.


Empirical Study Public Policy International Economic Public Finance Economic Model 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • J. P. Ancot
  • A. J. Hughes Hallett
    • 1
  1. 1.Erasmus UniversityRotterdamthe Netherlands

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