Monday, March 09, 2009
LibDems Should Read Oaten's COALITION Book
I was interested to read in the Guardian that the LibDems are using 'game theory' to work out their strategy in the event of a hung parliament. Apparently, Vince Cable is familiar with the concept from his days at Shell. I wonder if their strategists will be given a copy of Mark Oaten's book, COALITION to read, in which he traces the history of coalitions and analyses their successes and failures. When he began writing the book he felt coalitions were, in general, a good thing, but by the time he had done the research and written the book he had changed his mind and is now strongly opposed to them on the basis that however you define coalitions, they have been fairly disatrous in the past for the Liberals. Something for Vince Cable and his team to mull over.