The coalition and constitutional reform
Keywords:Constitutional law, Coalition government, United Kingdom, Great Britain – Parliament
The author considers the impact of the coalition government formed in Britain in May 2010 on the process of constitutional reform. Looking at the formation of a peacetime coalition following a hung Parliament as a constitutional innovation in itself and reviewing the changes proposed by that government in the areas of Parliamentary voting and equalising of constituencies, fixed-term Parliaments and referendum on the alternative vote method of election. Article by Vernon Bogdanor (Research Professor, Institute of Contemporary History, King’s College London; Emeritus Gresham Professor of Law; Fellow of the British Academy) based on a lecture delivered at the IALS on May 23, 2011 - published in Amicus Curiae - Journal of the Institute of Advanced Legal Studies and its Society for Advanced Legal Studies. The Journal is produced by the Society for Advanced Legal Studies at the Institute of Advanced Legal Studies, University of London.
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