It is difficult to discuss the role and impact of special advisers in government without having an evidence base from which to work. this project aimed to remedy this by constructing a database and interviews with special advisers, their ministers and civil servants.
In this research project we studied coalition governance in the UK. Examining how the new coalition government works is vital, as the UK appears to be moving toward a multiparty system, making hung parliaments more likely in the future.
This project's findings showed how minority government cab work effectively in the interests of good government and a stronger parliament. It drew on lessons from New Zealand and Canada and from the SNP minority government in Scotland.