Coalition Politics

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  • UK Coalition Politics
    • What is needed to make it work
      • Compromise: Concessions in the national interest and government show of unity
        • I.e. AV referendum
      • Consensus: policies that both parties already agree on
        • I.e. eduction and health would not be included in public spending cuts
      • Procrastination: allows ministers to put-off decisions to a later date
        • I.e. Trident, £50B was unaffordable and would cause rifts in the coalition
    • Effects on Parliament
      • Majority of 77 (83 with NI MPs)
      • Strengthens the influence of Parliament. Single party govt find it easy to control Parliament as long as they maintain party unity.
        • I.e. Blair in 97 and 00 made the executive invincible and the commons was side-lined
      • Backbenchers: Support cannot be taken for granted. Unity and cohesion amongst coalition partners.
        • lack of ideological consensus. Lib Dems support is difficult to maintain as the smaller of the two parties they have more to lose.
        • 2011: backbench rebellion from 81 tory MPs on calling for a referendum on EU membership. Luckily for Cameron Lib Dems and Labour supported him
      • Smaller coalition partner suffers from lack of identity
      • Would take 42 conservatives or lib dems to bring down the govt
        • 21 lib dems and 6 tories voted against the govt on tuition fees and it still passed with a 21 majority
      • Centralisation of decision making. (Cameron, Cable, Clegg, Osborne, Alexander)
    • Reasons to think it will last the 5 years
      • Policy Program, resolving many issues, agreed by both parties


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