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Hung parliaments and the need for clearer rules of government formation

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The general elections of 2017 and 2010 produced hung parliaments in which no single party could command an overall majority; in May 2015 the UK only narrowly avoided that outcome. When a parliament is hung, more than one potential government can be viable, and the constitutional rules that determine who has the first right to form the government can thus have a decisive influence on which government forms. In the past, the UK has applied several potentially contradictory rules (based on conve...

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Published
Peer review status:
Peer reviewed
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Accepted Manuscript

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10.1111/1467-923X.12399

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St Hildas College
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Oxford, SSD, Politics & Int Relations
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John Wiley & Sons Ltd Publisher's website
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Political Quarterly Journal website
Volume:
88
Issue:
3
Pages:
404-411
Publication date:
2017-07-24
Acceptance date:
2017-06-20
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1467-923X
ISSN:
0032-3179
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pubs:701442
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uri:08ac4367-d71c-4f12-a081-e9d58a34d389
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uuid:08ac4367-d71c-4f12-a081-e9d58a34d389
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pubs:701442

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