Cameron and the Conservatives: The Transition to Coalition Government
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Specialists in Conservative Party politics examine the effectiveness of the Cameron led coalition. The contributors examine Cameron as leader and Prime Minister; the Conservatives' modernisation strategy; the level of ideological coherence in 'liberal conservatism'; and the impact of the coalition on a range of policy areas and on 'New' Labour.
spoke for it, and, in one of the coalition’s first u-turns, the proposal was abandoned in November 2010. The programme’s proposals on rape trials appeared to reflect the absence of women’s voices in the development of its early policies, so that the limited nature of feminisation in the sense of women’s political presence also meant largely un-feminised policies that failed to address women’s concerns. This experience highlighted the danger that the welfare of many women might be seriously
Studies at the University of Birmingham. He is co-author of Postwar British Politics in Perspective (1999) and author of Postwar British Politics: From Conflict to Consensus (2001). His comparative examination of the modernisation approaches of Blair and New Labour and the Conservatives under Cameron will be published in 2012. Dr Philip Lynch is a Senior Lecturer in British Politics at the Department of Politics and International Relations at the University of Leicester. He is the author of
ERM but not before the government had sought to defend the £ by raising interest rates (briefly) to 15 per cent. The widespread perception that the government had lost control of the situation and been proved incompetent deepened with the severe austerity and tax increases which the government was forced to impose as a result of leaving the ERM. That was the moment at which the government lost its lead over Labour for economic competence, which it had enjoyed since the 1970s. It was not to regain
proposal requiring the British budget to be cleared by the Commission. The UK is exempted from the sanctions and enforcement measures because of its EMU opt-out. But Eurosceptics warned that the measures marked a significant expansion of EU economic policy. 10.1057/9780230367487 - Cameron and the Conservatives, Edited by Timothy Heppell Copyright material from www.palgraveconnect.com - licensed to University of Oxford - PalgraveConnect - 2014-03-30 80 European Policy Philip Lynch 81 Justice
welfare policy. Under the direction of the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, Iain Duncan Smith, the coalition stated that it planned to undertake the most radical reform of the welfare state since the implementation of the Beveridge Report after World War II. The changes proposed included restrictions on entitlement to the previously universal child benefit; cuts to housing benefit; reform to disability benefits; and the phasing-in of a system of ‘universal credit’ to replace all current