Coalition Governments: Hung Out to Dry?

Ian Garrett looks at the experience of coalitions and minority governments in nineteenth and twentieth-century British politics.

No sooner had the dust settled on the inconclusive 2010 election than Disraeli’s famous comment ‘England does not love coalitions’ was being offered as a judgement on the result, and its possible outcomes. It seems taken as read that two party politics, and elections that produce clear winners and therefore clear governments, is the British way. In fact, this is far from the case.

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