The Cameron-Clegg Government

The Cameron-Clegg Government : Coalition Politics in an Age of Austerity

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This book provides the first detailed analysis of the ideas and policies of the Cameron-Clegg government. It covers the period from the May 2010 General Election and its outcome, through the formation of the coalition, to publication of the coalition's Programme for Government, and its 20 October 2010 Spending Review. Drawing upon the contributions of a team of 16 academic experts, every area of domestic policy is evaluated, including policy developments and spending decisions affecting the economy; health; education; welfare and the 'Big Society'; environment and transport; home affairs; constitutional reform; and Scotland, Wales and Northen Ireland. The Cameron-Clegg Government also evaluates the coalition's agenda for defence policy, including the outcome of the Strategic Defence Review; foreign policy and international development; and policy towards the European Union. The book concludes with an analysis of the impact of the coalition upon each of the three major United Kingdom political parties.

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Product details

  • Paperback | 312 pages
  • 138 x 214 x 20mm | 381.02g
  • Palgrave MacMillan
  • Basingstoke, United Kingdom
  • English
  • 0230296440
  • 9780230296442
  • 899,490

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Matt Beech is Senior Lecturer in Politics and Director of the Centre for British Politics at the University of Hull. He has written widely on the Labour Party, the Conservative Party and the Conservative-Liberal Coalition. His books include, The Political Philosophy of New Labour; he is co-author of Labour's Thinkers and co-editor of The Brown Government and The Struggle for Labour's Soul. Simon Lee is Senior Lecturer and Director of the Centre for Democratic Governance, Department of Politics and International Studies, Hull University, UK.

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'a timely rain-check on the government's progress. The coalition may well have a lot longer to run but its first year has certainly been action packed and students of British politics will find much to chew over in this volume.' - Steve Coulter, European Institute, London School of Economics and Political Science '...a thoughtful comprehensive summary of the challenges Britain faces...not to be missed..." City A.M 'Simon Lee and Matt Beech's edited volume makes a significant and timely contribution to the debate surrounding the Conservative-Liberal Democrat government.' Judi Atkins, Parliamentary Brief Highlighted as a 'best read for the summer break'. Total Politics

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