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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?
|Publication date:||19th March 2015|
|Publisher:||Cambridge University Press|
|Format:||Paperback / softback|
|Categories:||Constitution: government & the state,|
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 ...More About Anthony Seldon