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I4R Discussion Paper Series #104


Kento Ohara (University of Oxford), Matthew Hepplewhite

Just in Time? A Temporal Analysis of the Initiation of Legislation in Coalition Governments

In this paper, we explore the reproducibility of the König et al. (2022) paper on the timing of bill initiation under coalition governments and validate its scope condition by expanding the analysis to an additional government and country, namely the United Kingdom’s Conservative-Liberal Democrat coalition government of 2010 to 2015. We find that König et al. (2022)’s main
analysis is robust to reproduction, and that König et al. (2022)’s results do not travel to the UK’s typical majoritarian system. Our additional contribution also highlights the potential for future research to further address the endogeneity of legislative institutions to coalition governance, and possible institutional confounders to coalition policing.