Video/The reality of coalition governments
With a coalition the most likely outcome of this Sunday’s elections in Italy, what are the prospects for such a government? Coalition governments tend in fact to have a bad press but Lanny Martin, of the Department of Policy Analysis and Public Management, explains in this video that they can be less problematic than they are made out to be. In terms of stability, for instance, up to 1994 coalition governments in Italy did indeed only last on average 40% of their maximum term, below the European average of 60%, but since then have lasted nearer 60% of their term. To note that on average single party governments in the UK tend to reach 75% of their terms. Another positive aspect of coalitions, as Martin explains, is that they force parties to compromise.