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Coalition government has already changed British politics and our constitution. Now we need even more reform

By Vernon Bogdanor   March 2011

When David Cameron and Nick Clegg signed the coalition agreement on 10th May 2010, they were driven by complex motives. Ideological sympathy played a part; parliamentary arithmetic an even greater one. Whatever their reasons, the coalition is already having a dramatic effect on politics and the constitution. Some of that is healthy—but not all. For a start, the government faces real pressures to justify its legitimacy in response to cries that no one voted directly for it. Second, British electoral laws and principles of cabinet government must adapt even further to the deep social changes occurring in the country. Can…

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