On Friday, June 1, I presented a paper entitled “A glimpse of the future? What the minority governments of the 38th and 39th Parliaments can teach about proposals for electoral reform.” The session was well attended, and many people seemed willing to forgive me for not being “the real” Paul Thomas.
Unfortunately, the general consensus of the audience and the discussant was that current minority governments cannot be used to predict how parliament would function after electoral reform since the parties would face drastically different incentives. However, a number of those present did enjoy my research into the functioning of the most recent minority parliaments and suggested that I try to get it published. At the very least, I received several compliments on my slides, showing once again that if you can’t have substance, you should at least have style.
For those of you who could not make it, or would like more information on the paper I presented, please check out the links below.