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The British Coalition Government, 2010-2015

A Marriage of Inconvenience


Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xi
  2. Peter Dorey, Mark Garnett
    Pages 1-5
  3. Peter Dorey, Mark Garnett
    Pages 7-47
  4. Peter Dorey, Mark Garnett
    Pages 49-81
  5. Peter Dorey, Mark Garnett
    Pages 83-135
  6. Peter Dorey, Mark Garnett
    Pages 137-178
  7. Peter Dorey, Mark Garnett
    Pages 179-211
  8. Peter Dorey, Mark Garnett
    Pages 213-242
  9. Peter Dorey, Mark Garnett
    Pages 243-281
  10. Peter Dorey, Mark Garnett
    Pages 283-300
  11. Back Matter
    Pages 301-311

About this book


This book examines the formation and operation of the Conservative and Liberal Democrat coalition government from May 2010 to May 2015. The authors outline the factors that enabled the union, including economic circumstances, parliamentary politics, the initially amicable relationship established between David Cameron and Nick Clegg, and the apparent ideological closeness of Conservative modernisers and Orange Book Liberal Democrats. The authors then analyse how these factors shaped the policy agenda pursued over the five years, including the issues of deficit reduction, public sector reform, and welfare reduction, before discussing the tensions that developed as a result of these decisions. Ultimately, relations between the coalition partners steadily became less amicable and more acrimonious, as mutual respect gave way to mutual recrimination.


Conservative Party Liberal Democrats David Cameron Nick Clegg Hung Parliament British politics 2010 British General Election

Authors and affiliations

  1. 1.Cardiff UniversityCardiffUnited Kingdom
  2. 2.Lancaster UniversityLancasterUnited Kingdom

About the authors

Peter Dorey is Professor of British Politics at Cardiff University, UK. He has written or edited 14 books on aspects of British politics, the Conservative Party, House of Lords reform, and public policy. In Spring 2014, he was Visiting Professor of Politics at the University of Bordeaux.

Mark Garnett is Senior Lecturer in Politics and International Relations at Lancaster University, UK. He is the author of numerous books and articles on British Politics.


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