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Cameron and the Conservatives
The Transition to Coalition Government
 
 
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07 Feb 2012
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This edited volume brings together leading specialists in Conservative Party politics to examine the effectiveness with which the Cameron led coalition has adapted to the demands of government. While the main focus is on the first year in office, there are insights into why a Conservative modernisation statecraft strategy resulted in a hung Parliament and the need to form a coalition. The coherence of the policy agenda that informs 'liberal conservatism' is analyzed and the impact of the coalition on party policy across a range of social and foreign areas is examined; including economic, European and immigration policies, as well as territorial politics. The contributors also consider how cohesive and unified the coalition actually is in parliamentary terms and the effectiveness of Cameron as leader and Prime Minister. They also evaluate the impact of the coalition on wider perceptions of party politics and on 'New' Labour and how it has adapted to opposition.


Description

This edited volume brings together leading specialists in Conservative Party politics to examine the effectiveness with which the Cameron led coalition has adapted to the demands of government. While the main focus is on the first year in office, there are insights into why a Conservative modernisation statecraft strategy resulted in a hung Parliament and the need to form a coalition. The coherence of the policy agenda that informs 'liberal conservatism' is analyzed and the impact of the coalition on party policy across a range of social and foreign areas is examined; including economic, European and immigration policies, as well as territorial politics. The contributors also consider how cohesive and unified the coalition actually is in parliamentary terms and the effectiveness of Cameron as leader and Prime Minister. They also evaluate the impact of the coalition on wider perceptions of party politics and on 'New' Labour and how it has adapted to opposition.


Reviews


'This work is far from being just another assessment of the Coalition's first year in office. In addition to the in-depth examination of Cameron's statecraft strategy, Heppell and Seawright offer a compelling analysis of the Conservative Party's ideological trajectory under Cameron, particularly in relation to a New Labour legacy.'
- Agnès Alexandre-Collier, Professor, Université de Bourgogne, France.

'Packed with authoritative, detailed and insightful accounts, this book gets to the heart of Cameron's Coalition government; its ­­formation, policy and politics. Heppell and Seawright have achieved the best of breadth and depth to illuminate and explain the most important features of this fascinating period of Conservative party politics.'
- Jane Green, Lecturer in Politics, University of Manchester, UK

'This is an excellent and wide-ranging collection of essays on the Conservatives in opposition and power from 2005-2011 that brings together the expertise of an impressive team of scholars. It will be a key resource for all those seriously interested in the party's development and prospects under David Cameron.'
- Paul Webb, Professor of Politics at the Department of Politics and Contemporary European Studies, University of Sussex, UK


Contents

Introduction; T.Heppell & D.Seawright
Understanding Conservative Modernisation; C.Byrne, E.Foster & P.Kerr
The Conservative Election Campaign; D.Seawright
The Conservatives and the Electorate; D.Denver
Economic Policy; A.Gamble
European Policy; P.Lynch
Immigration Policy; T.Bale & J.Hampshire
Territorial Politics; N.Randall & D.Seawright
Foreign Policy; V.Honeyman
Fixing Broken Britain; R.Hayton
Women and Feminisation; V.Bryson
Liberal Conservatism: Ideological Coherence?; S.McAnulla
Coalition Cohesion; P.Norton
David Cameron as Prime Minister; K.Theakston
Labour in Opposition; T.Heppell & M.Hill
Conclusion; T.Heppell & D.Seawright


Authors

TIMOTHY HEPPELL Lecturer in British Politics within the School of Politics and International Studies (POLIS) at the University of Leeds, UK. He is the author of Choosing the Tory Leader: From Heath to Cameron (2008) and Choosing the Labour Leader: From Wilson to Brown (2010).
DAVID SEAWRIGHT Senior Lecturer in British Politics within the School of Politics and International Studies (POLIS) at the University of Leeds, UK. He is the author of The British Conservative Party and One Nation Politics (2010) and An Important Matter of Principle (1999).