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COALITION, French law. By this word is understood an unlawful agreement among several persons, not to do a thing except on some conditions agreed upon.
     2. The most usual coalitions are, 1st. those which take place among master workmen, to reduce, diminish or fix at a low rate the wages of journeymen and other workmen; 2d. those among workmen or journeymen, not to work except at a certain price. These offences are punished by fine and imprisonment. Dict. de Police, h.t. In our law this offence is known by the name of conspiracy. (q.v.)

A Law Dictionary, Adapted to the Constitution and Laws of the United States. By John Bouvier. Published 1856.
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The coalitionist feels little sympathy for the necessary pragmatism of the social democrat.
Ironically, this is where the old Marxist left finds common ground with the issue-activist and coalitionist. Lots of veteran fringe leftists of anti-NDP persuasion have re-emerged as issue-group and coalition leaders.
The uncertainties that characterize political and military starategic options with regard to the Third World refer to the permanent debate within the American Establishment between supporters of the "maritimist" and "coalitionist" options.
In all events, the basic American-Euro-Japanese alliance implies a coalitionist strategy and sets aside maritime theory.
Internal to the alliance, this coalitionist decision involved an answer to the problem of "sharing," to employ the term in use, in the defense of Europe, which was not truly threatened.
In this case, (M) would require a coalitionist faced with a desertion proposal to consider both the ideological and the minimum-survivability consequences of his or her move to a new coalition, and leave only if a survivable coalition with a group of people with ideologies more harmonious with his own and equal individual payoffs, or a survivable coalition with a group of people having equally harmonious ideologies with the incumbent group, and higher individual payoffs, can be formed.