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Growing dissensus

Plot of the dissensus parameter versus cabinet size showing a distinct change at about 20 members. The data were obtained using computer simulations. The point labelled "Charles I" refers to a cabinet size of eight, which both Parkinson and Thurner observe is rarely used in real life. A notable exception being Charles I of England (1600-1649), who favoured eight-member cabinets and whose reign ended in civil war and the execution of the king. (Courtesy: S Thurner and arXiv)