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What is Political Stability?

The ease with which the status quo can be changed.

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Why did Tsebelis develop the Veto Player framework?

To explain variations in policy stability.

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What is a veto player?

A person whose agreement is needed to produce a change in the status quo. They will be close to their ideal point.

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How are veto players generated?

By constitution: institutional veto players
By political game: partisan veto players

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What is a winset?

The winset is the outcomes needed to alter the status quo.

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What is the unanimity core?

The unanimity core is the area between ideal points of veto players. If current policy exists here, there is no policy change.

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What happens if political stability increases?

The winset is small and the unanimity core is big.

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What happens if more veto players are introduced?

The winset gets smaller and the core gets bigger. The distance between VP's ideal points growing means more political stability.

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What is an agenda setter?

The Veto Player who makes the first move: distinct advantage, can propose a point inside the core that is closest to her preference.