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a military or political union or alliance.

(1) A temporary military-political alliance of two or several states, concluded for combined operations against some other state or group of states (for example, the anti-Hitler coalition).

(2) An agreement between two or several political parties. A coalition is most frequently established so that a government can be formed with a parliamentary majority of the parties (a coalition government). In bourgeois states with a multiparty system, the coalition is widely used if none of the parties has a majority in parliament.

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Morrison's Paradise thus re-imagines the bases from which coalitions are formed in ways that highlight the importance of coalition building in terms of a non-hierarchically based form of justice, while nevertheless retaining sight and sites of differences.
What is new is the manner in which employers from all sectors have begun to embrace purchasing coalitions to control benefit price and performance.
The coalition is comprised of the cities of Lancaster and Palmdale, Los Angeles County, the California Energy Commission, representatives of utility companies, aerospace companies and private businesses with vehicle fleets.
Despite the many challenges, these pioneering coalitions have brought affordable housing and environmental groups into dialogue.
We believe their innovative pharmaceutical benefit purchasing strategy will be an attractive option to our business coalitions and their members," said Andrew Webber, President & CEO of NBCH.
org) has a membership of nearly 85 employer-led coalitions across the United States, representing over 8,000 employers and approximately 22 million employees and their dependents.
Angle and fellow WWFE Superstars Ivory and Albert, together with DeFrancesco's staff and volunteers from the Youth Vote Coalition, manned registration tables at the restaurant.
The National Business Coalition on Health provides expertise, resources and a voice to 100 coalitions across the country.
Despite a massive drive by the Coalition and other Religious Right groups, many of the movement's favored candidates and causes had gone down to defeat at the polls.
It should also be no surprise that Pat Robertson's Christian Coalition, aided by James Dobson, president of Focus on the Family, is now demanding a litmus test for all Republican presidential candidates.
Yet, aside from the contentious issue of competition, coalitions offer significant advantages.
By organizing into coalitions in cities of all sizes, employers are making considerable progress in transforming the health care delivery systems across the nation.