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Everything You Wanted to Know About “Minority Governments” But Were Afraid to Ask

By Matthew Yglesias on May 8, 2010 at 2:28 pm

"Everything You Wanted to Know About “Minority Governments” But Were Afraid to Ask"

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In parliamentary systems where no one party commands a majority, you normally see a coalition. Sometimes, though, like in Canada right now and probably soon in the UK you see a “minority government” where the biggest party just takes control and tries to navigate bills through parliament. Erik Voeten offers a brief summary of what we know about such governments. Long story short, they tend not to last very long but they do about as good a job as any other government.

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