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The Politics of Coalition: How the Conservative - Liberal Democrat Government Works

ISBN13: 9781849463102
Published: June 2012
Publisher: Hart Publishing
Country of Publication: UK
Format: Hardback
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The Politics of Coalition is the tale of two parties struggling to maintain the first coalition government at Westminster for over 60 years. What have been the challenges they have faced in the first 15 months, and how have they managed it?

With the authorisation of Prime Minister David Cameron, Deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg and the Cabinet Secretary, Sir Gus O'Donnell, the Constitution Unit has interviewed over 140 ministers, MPs, Lords, civil servants, party officials and interest groups about the coalition and what impact coalition government has had upon Westminster and Whitehall.

The Politics of Coalition tells how the Coalition has fared in the different arenas of the British political system: at the Centre; within the Departments; in Parliament; in the parties outside Parliament, and in the media. It will be of interest to politicians, policy makers, academics, students and anyone interested in how the UK coalition works in practice and not just in theory.

Constitutional and Administrative Law, General Interest
1. Introduction: Why Study the Conservative-Liberal Democrat Coalition?
Ben Yong
2. The Experience of Coalition: Domestic and Abroad
Eimear O'Casey
3. Formation of the Coalition
Ben Yong
4. How the Coalition Works at the Centre
Robert Hazell
5. Departments: Ministers and the Civil Service
Peter Waller
6. The Coalition in Parliament
Ben Yong
7. The Political Parties 1
Ben Yong
8. The Coalition and the Media
Brian Walker
9. Case Study I: Constitutional Reform
Robert Hazell
10. Case Studies II: Tuition Fees, NHS Reform, and Nuclear Policy
Peter Waller and Ben Yong
11. Lessons for the Future
Robert Hazell
Appendix 1: Party Breakdown of the Coalition Agreements
Appendix 2: Opinion Polls on the Coalition and the Political Parties, 2010–11
Appendix 3: Coalition Government Chronology, 2010–11
Appendix 4: Coalition Agreement for Stability and Reform
Appendix 5: Letter from Cabinet Secretary Sir Gus O'Donnell on Coalition Government
Appendix 6: Guidance on Liaison between Departments and Coalition Backbenchers, July 2010
Appendix 7: No 10 Policy and Implementation Unit: Who's Who, Summer 2011
Appendix 8: Glossary