In parliamentary politics, balance of power is a situation in which one or more members of a parliamentary or similar chamber can by their uncommitted vote enable a party to attain and remain in minority government. The term may also be applied to the members who hold that position. The members holding the balance of power may guarantee their support for a government by either joining it in a coalition government or by an assurance that they will vote against any motion of no confidence in the government or will abstain in such a vote. In return for such a commitment, such members may demand legislative or policy commitments from the party they are to support. A person or party may also hold a balance of power in a chamber without any commitment to government, in which case both the govern

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  • Mit Zünglein an der Waage bezeichnet man bildhaft einen ausschlaggebenden Umstand oder eine entscheidende Person in einer ansonsten ausgewogenen Situation, besonders in einer Pattsituation. Die metaphorische Redewendung will deutlich machen, dass eine kleine Ursache in bestimmten Situationen große Wirkung haben kann. Beispiel: Der Südschleswigsche Wählerverband (SSW) ist aufgrund einer speziellen Minderheitenregelung trotz Unterschreitung der Fünf-Prozent-Hürde im Schleswig-Holsteinischen Landtag vertreten. Als es 1987 bei einem Antrag auf Neuwahlen zu einem Gleichstand zwischen den großen Fraktionen kam, wurde der einzige – und damit freie und fraktionslose – SSW-Abgeordnete Karl Otto Meyer mit seinem Abstimmungsverhalten als Zünglein an der Waage bezeichnet. (de)
  • In parliamentary politics, balance of power is a situation in which one or more members of a parliamentary or similar chamber can by their uncommitted vote enable a party to attain and remain in minority government. The term may also be applied to the members who hold that position. The members holding the balance of power may guarantee their support for a government by either joining it in a coalition government or by an assurance that they will vote against any motion of no confidence in the government or will abstain in such a vote. In return for such a commitment, such members may demand legislative or policy commitments from the party they are to support. A person or party may also hold a balance of power in a chamber without any commitment to government, in which case both the government and opposition groupings may on occasion need to negotiate for that person's or party's support. (en)
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  • Mit Zünglein an der Waage bezeichnet man bildhaft einen ausschlaggebenden Umstand oder eine entscheidende Person in einer ansonsten ausgewogenen Situation, besonders in einer Pattsituation. Die metaphorische Redewendung will deutlich machen, dass eine kleine Ursache in bestimmten Situationen große Wirkung haben kann. (de)
  • In parliamentary politics, balance of power is a situation in which one or more members of a parliamentary or similar chamber can by their uncommitted vote enable a party to attain and remain in minority government. The term may also be applied to the members who hold that position. The members holding the balance of power may guarantee their support for a government by either joining it in a coalition government or by an assurance that they will vote against any motion of no confidence in the government or will abstain in such a vote. In return for such a commitment, such members may demand legislative or policy commitments from the party they are to support. A person or party may also hold a balance of power in a chamber without any commitment to government, in which case both the govern (en)
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  • Zünglein an der Waage (de)
  • Balance of power (parliament) (en)
  • Tungan på vågen (sv)
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