How Has Coalition Government Affected Party Politics in the Uk

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How has coalition government affected party politics in the UK? A coalition government is a government in which two or more political parties are in power, reducing the dominance of any one party within that coalition. The usual reason given for this arrangement is that no party on its own can achieve enough votes to gain power. The UK currently has a First Past the Post electoral system which is not designed to create a coalition government and so the now coalition government is the first we have experienced in the UK. The arrival of a coalition government formed between the Liberal Democrats and the Conservative Party in 2010 has affected UK party politics in various ways. The governing of a country by a coalition of two political parties with differing political stances will involve negotiation between and some degree of compromise on behalf of the two parties. This is necessary in order to come to some form of agreement on key policies, such as those affecting the economy, crime, welfare, law and order and education. The agreements reached are also, to a certain degree, in a balance of compliance with key political beliefs or philosophies of both parties. The rise to power of a coalition government has made Consensus politics a key feature of UK party politics, since the nature of a coalition involves broad agreement on most basic policies between the two major political parties forming the coalition; the Conservatives and the Liberal Democrats. The ability and will to negotiate and agree is of key importance if a coalition is to be able to govern effectively and it must be able to make the right agreements in the interests of society. In forming a coalition with the Conservatives, the Liberal Democrat party has been forced to modify or even abandon some of its policies as the conservative party was the party to gain the largest amount of votes in the election
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