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Providing insights into coalition government

UCL’s Constitution Unit provided valuable analysis on the recent UK General Election in April and May 2010, offering guides and forecasts during the General Election campaign and commentary on its potential implications. This led to praise in a Guardian editorial , among other commendations for the Unit’s work. Professor Robert Hazell, Director of the Constitution Unit in UCL Political Science, was at the forefront of commentary on the workings and implications of a hung Parliament, with multiple media appearances.

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The Unit’s analysis build on its previous reports:

Both reports provide essential guidance for the months and years to come.
Key points from ‘Coalition Government in Britain’ are:

  • the need for mutual trust and understanding between the coalition partners, especially the leaders
  • formal procedures for information sharing, and for signing off policy proposals by both coalition partners
  • additional resources for the Deputy Prime Minister, who will be central to joint signing-off arrangements
  • the need to de-centralise coalition coordination to departments, to avoid bottlenecks at the centre
  • dispute resolution procedures, possibly through a formal coalition committee
  • a pool of trusted special advisers to help resolve coalition management issues, at the centre and in departments.

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