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The Coalition Effect, 2010-2015

by Anthony Seldon

The Coalition Effect, 2010-2015 Synopsis

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?

The Coalition Effect, 2010-2015 Press Reviews

'An absorbing, rich and indispensable book for all who seek a dispassionate assessment of the achievements and failures of the coalition government.' Sir Ivor Crewe, Master of University College, Oxford 'A collection of superb insights by first-class writers that everybody interested in this coalition - and others that may follow it - should read.' Matthew d'Ancona, author of In It Together, and Guardian columnist 'Anyone interested in the coalition and what it has meant for Britain ought to read this considered, insightful and comprehensive assessment.' Andrew Rawnsley, author of Servants of the People and The End of the Party 'Everyone has an opinion about the coalition government; here, as much as is possible, are the facts.' New Statesman 'A hefty volume of 23 essays by a distinguished range of experts on many aspects of the past five years of coalition government.' Financial Times An absorbing, rich and indispensable book for all who seek a dispassionate assessment of the achievements and failures of the coalition government. Sir Ivor Crewe, Master of University College, Oxford A collection of superb insights by first-class writers that everybody interested in this coalition - and others that may follow it - should read. Matthew d'Ancona, author of In It Together, and Guardian columnist Anyone interested in the coalition and what it has meant for Britain ought to read this considered, insightful and comprehensive assessment. Andrew Rawnsley, author of Servants of the People and The End of the Party Everyone has an opinion about the coalition government; here, as much as is possible, are the facts. New Statesman A hefty volume of 23 essays by a distinguished range of experts on many aspects of the past five years of coalition government. Financial Times

Book Information

ISBN: 9781107080614
Publication date: 26th March 2015
Author: Anthony Seldon
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Format: Hardback
Pagination: 614 pages
Categories: Constitution: government & the state,

About Anthony Seldon

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 ...

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