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

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

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Edited by Matt Beech, Edited by Simon Lee

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  • Publisher: Palgrave MacMillan
  • Format: Paperback | 312 pages
  • Dimensions: 138mm x 214mm x 20mm | 381g
  • Publication date: 15 August 2011
  • Publication City/Country: Basingstoke
  • ISBN 10: 0230296440
  • ISBN 13: 9780230296442
  • Edition statement: New.
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  • Sales rank: 563,980

Product description

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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Author information

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

Table of contents

Foreword; Rt. Hon. Sir M. Rifkind MP PART ONE: THE COALITION IN THE MAKING 'We Are All in This Together': The Coalition Agenda for British Modernization; S. Lee What is The Legacy of New Labour?; R. Prabhakar The Formation of The Coalition; M. Stuart PART TWO: COALITION POLITICS IN PERSPECTIVE No Plan B: The Coalition Agenda for Cutting The Deficit and Rebalancing The Economy; S. Lee The Con-Lib Agenda for Education: Learning the Hard Way?; S. Griffiths The Emerging Blue (and Orange) Health Strategy: Continuity or Change?; R. M. Page Welfare Reform and Coalition Politics in the Age of Austerity; S. Driver Vote Blue, Go Green, What's a Bit of Yellow in Between?; J. Connelly The Con-Lib Agenda for Home Affairs; J. Benyon The Con-Lib Agenda for the 'New Politics' and Constitutional Reform; P. Norton The Con-Lib Coalition Agenda for Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland; A. Aughey PART THREE: COALITION POLICIES ABROAD The Con-Lib Agenda for National Security and Strategy; C. Martin The Con-Lib Agenda for Foreign Policy and International Development; R. Vickers The Con-Lib Agenda for Europe; P. Lynch PART FOUR: A COALITION BUILT TO LAST? A Leap of Faith and a Leap in the Dark: the Impact of Coalition on the Conservatives and Liberal Democrats; T. Bale & E. Sanderson-Nash The End of New Labour? The Future for the Labour Party; K. Hickson A Tale of Two Liberalisms; M. Beech