Continuing a previous theme, the distribution of seats within the UK coalition deviates rather starkly from Gamson’s Law.
There are twenty three ministers in the cabinet, five of them Liberal Democrats. That’s 21.7% of the ministers for a party that contributes 16.1% of the coalition’s parliamentary basis. That’s an advantage ratio of 1.35. While I do not have comparative statistics, that must be unusually high in comparative terms.*
How did the LibDems get this good a deal?
* The LibDems contribute 39% of the coalition’s electoral basis, but as discussed in the previous thread, it is seats that are the currency of power in coalition bargaining.