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


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.