The British Coalition Government, 2010-2015: A Marriage of Inconvenience

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Springer, Oct 4, 2016 - Political Science - 311 pages
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This book examines the formation and operation of the Conservative and Liberal Democrat coalition government from May 2010 to May 2015. The authors outline the factors that enabled the union, including economic circumstances, parliamentary politics, the initially amicable relationship established between David Cameron and Nick Clegg, and the apparent ideological closeness of Conservative modernisers and Orange Book Liberal Democrats. The authors then analyse how these factors shaped the policy agenda pursued over the five years, including the issues of deficit reduction, public sector reform, and welfare reduction, before discussing the tensions that developed as a result of these decisions. Ultimately, relations between the coalition partners steadily became less amicable and more acrimonious, as mutual respect gave way to mutual recrimination.

 

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Contents

Introduction
1
The Making and Modus Operandi of the Coalition Government
6
The Blame Game The Coalitions Economic Policy
49
Public Sector Reform
82
Welfare Reform
137
Constitutional Developments
179
Foreign Policy and the EU
212
From Roses to Rancour
243
Conclusion
283
Further Reading
301
Index
304
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Peter Dorey is Professor of British Politics at Cardiff University, UK. He has written or edited 14 books on aspects of British politics, the Conservative Party, House of Lords reform, and public policy. In Spring 2014, he was Visiting Professor of Politics at the University of Bordeaux.

Mark Garnett is Senior Lecturer in Politics and International Relations at Lancaster University, UK. He is the author of numerous books and articles on British Politics.

  

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