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Multi-party Politics and the Constitution - Vernon Bogdanor

Multi-party Politics and the Constitution

Paperback Published: 11th July 1983
ISBN: 9780521275262
Number Of Pages: 220

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This book was first published in 1983. Since 1945, British politics has been dominated by a two-party system. Yet this has been challenged with the electoral performance of the two major parties declining since years ago when, between them, they secured over ninety-five per cent of the popular vote. The purpose of Multi-part Politics and the Constitution is twofold: first to examine the reasons for the growth of multi-party politics in Britain, secondly to consider its constitutional consequences. In the first part of the book, Vernon Bogdanor considers the challenges to the two-party system and analyses the role of the Liberal-SDP Alliance as part of that challenge. The second part evaluates the consequences for British politics of hung parliaments where no one party can claim an overall majority. Such situations are likely to occur with increasing frequency if multi-party politics persists. The role of the monarch and the working of coalition and minority governments are discussed and the argument is illustrated by examples from British history and from continental, especially Scandinavian, experience.

List of tables
Notes on sources
Multi-party Politics
The two-party system and its challengers
The Social Democratic Party and the Alliance
Multi-party politics and the electorate
Multi-party politics and the future
The Constitutional Consequences
Forming a government: the lessons of history
Forming a government: the rules of the game
Minority government
Coalition government
Appendix: Coalition and minority governments in Britain since 1895
Bibliographical note
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ISBN: 9780521275262
ISBN-10: 0521275261
Audience: Tertiary; University or College
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 220
Published: 11th July 1983
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 22.86 x 15.24  x 1.27
Weight (kg): 0.33

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