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The Westminster Model strikes back, both in Britain and in Canada … but pressures for multi-party politics are still increasing

Dunleavy, Patrick (2011) The Westminster Model strikes back, both in Britain and in Canada … but pressures for multi-party politics are still increasing. British Politics and Policy at LSE (09 May 2011) Blog Entry.

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Abstract

Last week saw majority government restored at the fourth time of asking in Canada, while UK voters rejected a switch away from first-past-the-post, and punished the third party Liberal Democrats severely for their behaviour in the coalition government. So the ‘Westminster Model’ approach to politics clearly has some life left in it. Yet Patrick Dunleavy finds that in both countries, the turbulent swirl of political alignments shows no signs of returning to two party politics. In Canada the previous third party has leapt into the main opposition slot, and in the UK the Scottish National Party swept to an overall majority of Scottish votes. Voters in both countries still show continued disenchantment with their top two parties and an increasing pluralization of political alignments

Item Type: Website (Blog Entry)
Official URL: http://blogs.lse.ac.uk/politicsandpolicy/
Additional Information: © 2011 the author
Library of Congress subject classification: J Political Science > JL Political institutions (America except United States)
J Political Science > JN Political institutions (Europe) > JN101 Great Britain
Sets: Departments > Government
Collections > British Politics and Policy at LSE
Research centres and groups > LSE Public Policy Group
Research centres and groups > Global Public Policy Network (GPPN)
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Date Deposited: 19 May 2011 08:34
URL: http://eprints.lse.ac.uk/36272/

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