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I'm looking for a word (or expression) that is a hypernym of coalition and opposition. I want to be able to ask a party whether its "type", for lack of a better word, is coalition or the opposition without using that word:

— What is your [type]? — Coalition.

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  • @downvoter care to explain? Oct 13, 2012 at 14:02
  • I think your question may be confusing to some. You seem to pre-suppose that all political parties that are in government are part of a coalition and all parties not in government are the opposition (and not in coalition). These conditions don't apply to all systems of government. You could ask: "Is your party in government?", but that's not a hypernym. Oct 13, 2012 at 14:30
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    @Kris: Your argument seems circular to me. Also coalitioncoalitionopposition and oppositioncoalitionopposition. Perhaps you mean that the set coalitionopposition does not form a natural kind Oct 14, 2012 at 6:35
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    @AmirRachum: My main point was that for many people coalition is not synonymous with government, often governments are formed by single parties. Oct 14, 2012 at 6:37
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    @donothingsuccessfully I agree that in many nations this is the case, but I think that Israel's case "often" cannot be applied. There are simply too many parties with a significant share of the Knesset.
    – ghoppe
    Oct 16, 2012 at 18:03

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I would suggest one of:

  • bloc: a group of countries or political parties with common interests who have formed an alliance
  • faction
  • affiliation

There are also a couple of general terms that might also suit:

  • side
  • camp

They can perhaps answer the question:

Which ____ do you belong to? – Opposition.

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  • 'bloc' does seem to remotely fit. However it usually refers to left-wing/right-wing and not coalition/opposition.
    – Nir Levy
    Oct 16, 2012 at 8:45
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    I don't think 'bloc' is restricted to left- or right- politics. It could just simply be a group with common interests or goals.
    – ghoppe
    Oct 16, 2012 at 18:00
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Since this is a binary choice, a party can either be an opposition party or a governing (coalition) party, I would go with affiliation:

Party affiliation:  ☐ coalition (or government)
                    ☐ opposition
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I believe the term you are looking for is (party) standing or (party) status. At least that is the term used here in Canada.

What is the Tories' standing in Parliament? They're in government.

What's the status of the Liberals? They're in opposition.

This may be a Canadianism, though. There are rules, for example, on when a party attains major party status and with that certain kinds of public funding.

A Google search shows that at least 'party status' is used in the US as well.

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What about “group”, “organization”, “party” or “entity”?

Here are the hypernyms for “coalition” in WordNet:

Sense 1
alliance, coalition, alignment, alinement
       => organization, organisation
           => social group
               => group, grouping
                   => abstraction, abstract entity
                       => entity

Sense 2
coalition, fusion
       => union, unification
           => state
               => attribute
                   => abstraction, abstract entity
                       => entity

Sense 3
coalescence, coalescency, coalition, concretion, conglutination
       => union, unification, uniting, conjugation, jointure
           => combination, combining, compounding
               => change of integrity
                   => change
                       => action
                           => act, deed, human action, human activity
                               => event
                                   => psychological feature
                                       => abstraction, abstract entity
                                           => entity

And the hypernyms of “opposition” in WordNet:

Sense 1
resistance, opposition
       => action
           => act, deed, human action, human activity
               => event
                   => psychological feature
                       => abstraction, abstract entity
                           => entity

Sense 2
opposition, oppositeness
       => relation
           => abstraction, abstract entity
               => entity

Sense 3
confrontation, opposition
       => resistance
           => group action
               => act, deed, human action, human activity
                   => event
                       => psychological feature
                           => abstraction, abstract entity
                               => entity
               => event
                   => psychological feature
                       => abstraction, abstract entity
                           => entity

Sense 4
opposition, opponent, opposite
       => contestant
           => person, individual, someone, somebody, mortal, soul
               => organism, being
                   => living thing, animate thing
                       => whole, unit
                           => object, physical object
                               => physical entity
                                   => entity
               => causal agent, cause, causal agency
                   => physical entity
                       => entity

Sense 5
opposition
       => body
           => social group
               => group, grouping
                   => abstraction, abstract entity
                       => entity

Sense 6
opposition
       => direction
           => position, spatial relation
               => relation
                   => abstraction, abstract entity
                       => entity

Sense 7
enemy, foe, foeman, opposition
       => adversary, antagonist, opponent, opposer, resister
           => person, individual, someone, somebody, mortal, soul
               => organism, being
                   => living thing, animate thing
                       => whole, unit
                           => object, physical object
                               => physical entity
                                   => entity
               => causal agent, cause, causal agency
                   => physical entity
                       => entity

Sense 8
Opposition
       => party, political party
           => organization, organisation
               => social group
                   => group, grouping
                       => abstraction, abstract entity
                           => entity
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  • I don't think these words are appropriate in a political context. Oct 13, 2012 at 13:57
  • Actually, what we need a hypernym that encompasses both the classes. An umbrella term, so to speak.
    – Kris
    Oct 13, 2012 at 14:00
  • @AmirRachum Sense 8 is clearly the political context. Political Party is the hypernym of Opposition.
    – ghoppe
    Oct 16, 2012 at 17:41
  • @Kris any word that occurs as a hypernym of both “coalition” and “opposition” should be an umbrella term, shouldn’t it?
    – rberaldo
    Oct 16, 2012 at 17:46
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Collaborative leadership style.

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