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The Coalition Effect, 2010–2015

The Coalition Effect, 2010–2015

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Cambridge University Press
Edition: Illustrated, 3/19/2015
EAN 9781107440180, ISBN10: 1107440181

Paperback, 644 pages, 22.9 x 15.2 x 3.7 cm
Language: English

The British general election of May 2010 delivered the first coalition government since the Second World War. David Cameron and Nick Clegg pledged a 'new politics' with the government taking office in the midst of the worst economic crisis since the 1930s. Five years on, a team of leading experts drawn from academia, the media, Parliament, Whitehall and think tanks assesses this 'coalition effect' across a broad range of policy areas. Adopting the contemporary history approach, this pioneering book addresses academic and policy debates across this whole range of issues. Did the coalition represent the natural 'next step' in party dealignment and the evolution of multi-party politics? Was coalition in practice a historic innovation in itself, or did the essential principles of Britain's uncodified constitution remain untroubled? Fundamentally, was the coalition able to deliver on its promises made in the coalition agreement, and what were the consequences - for the country and the parties - of this union?

David Cameron as Prime Minister, 2010–15
the verdict of history Anthony Seldon
Part I. The Coalition and the Government of Britain
1. The coming of the coalition and the Coalition Agreement Mike Finn
2. The coalition and the constitution Martin Loughlin and Cal Viney
3. The coalition beyond Westminster Neil McGarvey
4. The coalition and the executive Peter Riddell
5. The coalition and Parliament Philip Cowley
Part II. The Coalition and Policy
6. The coalition and the economy Paul Johnson and Daniel Chandler
7. The coalition and energy policy Dieter Helm
8. The coalition and infrastructure Julian Glover
9. The coalition and society (I)
home affairs and local government Tony Travers
10. The coalition and society (II)
education Alan Smithers
11. The coalition and society (III)
health and long-term care Howard Glennerster
12. The coalition and society (IV)
welfare Nicholas Timmins
13. The coalition and foreign affairs Michael Clarke
14. Europe
the coalition's poisoned chalice Julie Smith
15. 'What the coalition did for women'
a new gender consensus, coalition division and gendered austerity Rosie Campbell and Sarah Childs
16. The coalition and culture
'bread, circuses and Britishness' Rory Coonan
Part III. The Coalition and Political Culture
17. The coalition and the Conservatives Philip Norton
18. The coalition and the Liberal Democrats Mike Finn
19. The coalition and the Labour Party Guy Lodge and Illias Thoms
20. The coalition and the media Peter Preston
21. The coalition, elections and referendums John Curtice
Part IV. Conclusion
22. Conclusion
the net coalition effect Mike Finn.