The British Coalition Government, 2010-2015

A Marriage of Inconvenience
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ISBN-13:
9781137023759
Einband:
Book
Erscheinungsdatum:
12.10.2016
Seiten:
311
Autor:
Peter Dorey
Gewicht:
548 g
Format:
216x154x25 mm
Sprache:
Englisch
Beschreibung:

Introduction.- 1: The Making and Modus Operandi of the Coalition Government.- 2: The Blame Game: The Coalition's
Economic Policy.- 3: Public Sector Reform.- 4: Welfare Reform.- 5: Constitutional Developments.- 6: Foreign Policy and the European Union.- 7: From Roses to Rancour.- Conclusion: The Coalition: Individuals, Institutions and Ideas.
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.