Report: Minorities can’t run councils – or can they?

Richard Kerley, Co-chair of the Centre for Scottish Public Policy, wonders if we can learn to love minority government. The council elections of May 8th produced a highly unusual result with no majority party in any of our 32 councils. How did this situation come about? What does it mean for Scottish politics over the next 5 years?

Of course, Scottish councils are not alone in this anymore; we have minority central government in Scotland; in Northern Ireland, always as intended, the possibility of some form of shared administration – currently stalled; and now a minority government in Westminster. Read on for an in-depth look at how minority administrations work in practice…

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Published
21 Jun 2017
Authors
Richard Kerley
Relates to
Local Elections 2017
Category
Finance, People, Place, Services