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Why ‘hung’ parliaments and coalitions are normal in western Europe

By Paul Mitchell

Abstract

The British media, and Tory and Labour politicians, often treat a parliament with no overall majority for one party as something unusual or disastrous, a position taken to new extremes in a recent Conservative party election broadcast, or the Daily Mail front-page cartoon showing Britannia sleep-walking over a cliff face. Paul Mitchell of LSE’s Government Department looks more coolly at the coalition possibilities that may come into play once the results are known

Topics: JA Political science (General), JN Political institutions (Europe)
Publisher: Blog post from London School of Economics & Political Science
Year: 2010
OAI identifier: oai:eprints.lse.ac.uk:39542
Provided by: LSE Research Online

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