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The Coalition’s ‘Two Nations’ Hegemonic Project

  • Scott LaveryEmail author
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Part of the Building a Sustainable Political Economy: SPERI Research & Policy book series (SPERIRP)

Abstract

Whilst the Coalition re-established Britain’s pre-crisis growth model, it effectively broke with the ‘One Nation’ hegemonic project which New Labour had pursued in office. In its place, the Coalition advanced a distinctive ‘two nations’ strategy which sought to build a limited but durable base of support. This chapter traces how this strategy underpinned the Coalition’s far-reaching programme of welfare restructuring and public sector retrenchment. The Coalition’s ‘two nations’ hegemonic project enjoyed a limited degree of success in the 2010–2015. But it also eroded some of the key mechanisms which had stabilised British capitalism in the pre-crisis conjuncture and laid the conditions for a backlash in the subsequent period.

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