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Westminster in an age of minorities : How to form and sustain a government after another hung parliament

In the event of hung parliament this paper suggests what should be after the May 2015 election as well as proposals for larger long term reform.

The UK once had a highly majoritarian political system, with power alternating between two dominant parties. The vote share of the two large parties has declined dramatically – 35% is now regarded as a winning rather than a losing vote share. This makes single-party majorities less likely, though not impossible.

Many of the conventions and expectations surrounding elections in the UK are designed for an era of two-party dominance and may now therefore need rethinking. We consider some of the key issues in this paper, making suggestions for what should be done up to and after the election of May 2015, as well as proposals for larger reforms to consider over the longer term.

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