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Britain attempts its first coalition government in 65 years

The big question: Is it working?

Professor James F. Hollifield
James F. Hollifield

July 6, 2010

The Conservative Party and the smaller Liberal Democratic Party, long at odds on most issues, came together in May to form Britain's first coalition government in 65 years. The BBC's World News Service, seeking unbiased expertise on how the partnership is working, asked SMU's Professor James F. Hollifield in late June for an assessment.

Hollifield, director of SMU's John G. Tower Center for Political Studies and professor of international political economy, said the coalition was doing surprising well, describing it as "a victory for moderation."

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