The Coalition Effect, 2010–2015

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Anthony Seldon, Michael Thomas Finn, Mike Finn, Illias Thoms
Cambridge University Press, Mar 26, 2015 - Political Science - 627 pages
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?

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The coalition and the government of Britain
The coalition and the constitution
The coalition beyond Westminster
The coalition and the executive
The coalition and Parliament
The coalition and policy
The coalition and energy policy
The coalition and infrastructure
The coalition and foreign affairs
The coalitions poisoned chalice
A new gender consensus
Bread circuses
The coalition and political culture
The coalition and the Liberal Democrats
The coalition and the Labour Party
The coalition and the media

Home affairs and local
Health and longterm care
The coalition elections and referendums

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Anthony Seldon is a leading contemporary historian and political commentator, and the thirteenth Master of Wellington College. A Fellow of King's College London, he has authored or edited over thirty-five books on contemporary history and politics. With Peter Hennessy, he co-founded the Institute of Contemporary British History, now part of King's College London. This is the eighth 'Effect' book he has edited.

Mike Finn is Director of the Centre for Education Policy Analysis and Lecturer in the History of Education at Liverpool Hope University. He has taught history and politics at a number of institutions, including as a Research Fellow of Lady Margaret Hall, Oxford, and as a Bye-Fellow of Magdalene College, Cambridge. In 2006 he was Head of Research and political speechwriter to the Leader of the Liberal Democrats during the transition from Charles Kennedy to Ming Campbell. In 2001 he won the Palgrave/Times Higher Education Humanities and Social Sciences writing prize. A former Kennedy Scholar at Harvard University, he is the editor of The Gove Legacy: Education in Britain after the Coalition (2015).

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