By Peter Dorey, Mark Garnett

This ebook examines the formation and operation of the Conservative and Liberal Democrat coalition govt from may well 2010 to may well 2015. The authors define the standards that enabled the union, together with financial conditions, parliamentary politics, the at first amicable dating demonstrated among David Cameron and Nick Clegg, and the plain ideological closeness of Conservative modernisers and Orange e-book Liberal Democrats. The authors then examine how those components formed the coverage time table pursued over the 5 years, together with the problems of deficit aid, public area reform, and welfare relief, prior to discussing the tensions that constructed due to those judgements. finally, relatives among the coalition companions gradually turned much less amicable and extra acrimonious, as mutual appreciate gave method to mutual recrimination.

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By contrast, the Liberal Democrats were placed in charge of just three departments, namely Business, Innovation and Skills; Energy and Climate Change; the Scottish Office. Furthermore, the Liberal Democrats had previously questioned the efficacy of the Scottish Office in post-devolution Britain; so one of the three Cabinet posts awarded to the Liberal Democrats entailed heading a department that they themselves seemingly considered superfluous! The Department of Business, Innovation and Skills was an economic Ministry, and therefore enjoyed a higher political status than the other two departments allotted to the Liberal Democrats.

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THE MAKING AND MODUS OPERANDI OF THE COALITION GOVERNMENT 37 THE MODUS OPERANDI OF THE COALITION CORE EXECUTIVE The Cabinet remained the formal arena for taking strategic decisions and granting formal approval to policy proposals submitted to it by senior ministers or emanating from the relevant Cabinet Committees. However, in accordance with his generally ‘chillaxed’ style of political leadership (which was a further source of annoyance to those Conservatives who still hankered after the smack of firm leadership provided by Margaret Thatcher), Cameron restored to the Cabinet a consultative and deliberative role, in which ministers were permitted to discuss issues and policies.

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