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Title: Opposition Coordination in Singapore’s 2015 General Elections
Authors: Ong, E 
Issue Date: 3-Mar-2016
Publisher: Informa UK Limited
Citation: Ong, E (2016-03-03). Opposition Coordination in Singapore’s 2015 General Elections. Round Table 105 (2) : 185-194. ScholarBank@NUS Repository.
Abstract: Abstract: Recent political science scholarship suggests that when opposition political parties are able to coalesce into a united coalition against an authoritarian regime, they will perform better in authoritarian elections, and can more credibly bargain with the regime for liberalising reforms. Yet, most of this literature pays little attention to the variety of ways in which opposition parties cooperate with each other. Drawing on the literature on the bargaining model of war, the author sketches out a theoretical framework to explain how opposition parties coordinate to develop non-competition agreements. Such agreements entail opposition parties bargaining over which political party should contest or withdraw in which constituencies to ensure straight fights against the dominant authoritarian incumbent in each electoral district. The author then applies this framework to explain opposition coordination in Singapore’s 2015 general elections, focusing on the conflict between the Workers’ Party and the National Solidarity Party.
Source Title: Round Table
ISSN: 00358533
DOI: 10.1080/00358533.2016.1154385
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