Rhetoric, Politics and Society

Conflict, Co-operation and the Rhetoric of Coalition Government

Authors: Atkins, Judi

  • Examines how parties in a coalition government use rhetoric to display unity while preserving their disctinct identities
  • Reflects on the legacy of the Conservative-Lib Dem coalition in the key policy areas
  • Uses the British case study to identify lessons for future multi-party governments
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Through a rhetorical analysis, this book explores how the parties in a coalition government create a united public front while preserving their distinct identities. After proposing an original framework based on the ‘new rhetoric’ of Kenneth Burke, the author charts the path from the inconclusive outcome of the 2010 UK general election and the formation of the Conservative-Liberal Democrat coalition to the dissolution of the partnership in the run-up to May 2015. In doing so, she sheds valuable light on the parties’ use of rhetoric to manage the competing dynamics of unity and distinctiveness in the areas of higher education, constitutional reform, the European Union and foreign policy. This unique and highly-accessible analysis will be of interest to a wide audience, including scholars and students of rhetoric, British politics and coalition studies. 

About the authors

Judi Atkins is Senior Lecturer in Politics at Coventry University, UK. She has published widely on the relationship between rhetoric, ideology and policy in Britain, and she is author of Justifying New Labour Policy (2011) and co-editor of Rhetoric in British Politics and Society (2014) and Voices of the UK Left: Rhetoric, Ideology and the Performance of Politics (2017). 

Reviews

“Judi Atkins's well researched and clearly argued study of political rhetoric in the Cameron-Clegg administration is essential reading for all students and scholars interested in the birth, life and death of Britain's first post-war coalition government.” (Matt Beech, University of Hull, UK)

“This book offers a very welcome contribution to the field of rhetorical studies in general and the study of political rhetoric in particular. It shows how Burke’s conceptualization of rhetoric as identification and division is still very relevant to understanding contemporary politics. The focus on recent coalition processes in the UK is very timely and the analysis is also relevant for other political contexts. Hopefully this book will stimulate international scholars to engage in this kind of work.”  (Kris Rutten, Ghent University, Belgium)

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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
Conflict, Co-operation and the Rhetoric of Coalition Government
Authors
Series Title
Rhetoric, Politics and Society
Copyright
2018
Publisher
Palgrave Macmillan UK
Copyright Holder
The Editor(s) (if applicable) and The Author(s)
eBook ISBN
978-1-137-31796-4
DOI
10.1057/978-1-137-31796-4
Hardcover ISBN
978-0-230-35967-3
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
XI, 184
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