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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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The League believes working in coalitions is a valuable and effective way to move forward on bringing about change.
Coalitions aimed at survival and justice cannot depend solely on an individualistic, agonistic model; and progressive activism cannot depend on naturalized, f ixed, and/or exclusivist notions of community.
Purchasing coalitions can consist of private businesses, public entities and even groups of Taft-Hartley funds banding together to buy employee benefits and support systems.
While the various domestic and sexual violence coalitions at the state level often have women of color caucuses, Jones and Shaw took the unique step of forming the Oklahoma Native American Coalition as its own independent organization that could address the specific needs of Indian tribes.
The coalition will work to increase the number of alternative fuel vehicles and refueling stations and support alternative fuel legislation.
Smart Growth coalitions, much lauded by Al Gore and the Environmental Protection Agency, and organized specifically around combating urban sprawl, are another place where housing advocates and environmentalists find themselves working together.
4, the Christian Coalition chairman bemoaned the election results from the day before.
It is therefore not surprising that Ralph Reed, Pat Robertson's choice as executive director of the Christian Coalition, should have announced in May 1990 a theocratic goal for America: "What Christians have got to do is take back this country.
Some association executives view coalitions with suspicion and distrust.
The Business Coalitions Market Overview, 285 pages, identifies a number of the major issues and trends affecting business coalitions, as well as providing brief profiles on approximately 65 of the leading Business and Employer Coalitions in the nation.
consumers report dissatisfaction with their managed care plans, up from 17 percent in 1997, according to a Hewitt Associates survey, this new prescription has a beneficial side effect: Coalitions can leverage improvements in the quality of care their enrollees receive.
Claims by the Christian Coalition that its membership approaches 2 million have once again been cast into doubt by the organization's own official postal records.