The British General Election of 2015 is a must-read for anyone wanting to know how the action unfolded in the most unpredictable election for a generation.
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The British General Election of 2015
'...the Bible of General Elections.' – David Dimbleby, BBC
'Dennis Kavanagh and Philip Cowley have penned a political thriller.... The book is distinguished by the quality of its sources: the ministers, aides and strategists who open up to these academics in a way they might not to journalists.' –The Observer
'It's popular academic writing at its best, combining a clear narrative (using anecdotes and quotes garnered from more than 300 background interviews) with lots of solid, meaty number-crunching.' –Andrew Sparrow, The Guardian
A unique full term analysis of the Clegg Cameron Government, this new collection from Beech and Lee provides a timely and thought provoking study of the Coalition Government's policies and legislation and its impact on British Politics in light of the next General Election.
The Conservative-Liberal Coalition examines the evolution of political thought in both parties, and the impact and ramifications of the Coalition for contemporary conservatism and liberalism. Bringing together a cast of leading academics and political commentators on a range of key issues from the economy and education to immigration and the European Union, this volume explains the nature and development of the Coalition's ideas and policies, and offers a critical evaluation of its strategy for reducing the United Kingdom's budget deficit.
Enabling general readers and voters to decide for themselves on the record of the first coalition government since 1945, this volume is an indispensable guide to the key debates which will shape the conduct of the 2015 general election.
'The Centre for British Politics at Hull has become one of the leading centres for the study of British politics. This important collection of essays provides a comprehensive and insightful account of the policies and performance of the Coalition Government since 2010. It will be essential reading for all students of British politics.' –Professor Andrew Gamble, University of Cambridge, UK
'This highly readable series of essays provides astute analysis of the challenges facing the Coalition collectively, the two parties and their respective leaders. A must-read for those who want to understand the record of the Coalition, a judicious mix of politics and public policy is discussed in an informed and balanced way which nonetheless does not pull its punches about the Coalition's successes and failures.' – Julie Smith, University of Cambridge and House of Lords, UK
This edited volume, now with a fully revised preface, 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.
'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
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British Politics offers the only forum explicitly designed to promote research in British political studies, seeking to provide a counterweight to the growing fragmentation of this field during recent years. The journal aims to foster a conception of British politics as a broad and multi-disciplinary field of study.
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Promoting a liberal, free market approach to Britain's political problems, A Time for Choosing offers a clear and engaging manifesto for government.
Based on policy contributions from the Free Enterprise Group, it presents a unified policy agenda with clear and precise prescriptions for the new Parliament. Each chapter takes on a particular topic and diagnoses the major challenges facing Britain in the 21st century. It proposes ambitious but achievable solutions, costed and backed by expert research.
Structured around a radical manifesto for free enterprise, A Time for Choosing presents a significant contribution to the public debate about the future direction of Britain's government.
'A penetrating essay by three brilliant young thinkers, A Time for Choosing sets out a modern manifesto for how Britain can prosper and be fair, free and at the forefront of technology and social innovation. Kwarteng, Bourne and Dupont combine acute historical analysis with radical and fresh thinking about enterprise.' – Matt Ridley, author of The Rational Optimist
'At a time when the whole concept of free enterprise is under attack as never before, this brave, intelligent and cogently-argued book puts the case for economic freedom and free markets better than anything since Friedrich Hayek and Milton Friedman.'
– Andrew Roberts, Historian & Journalist
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