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The Politics of Coalition: How the Conservative-Liberal Democrat Government Works

Robert Hazell and Ben Yong’s work, The Politics of Coalition: How the Conservative-Liberal Democrat Government Works, is a very readable volume, written mostly in the style of an introductory politics textbook and based on extensive interviews with the participants, including at very senior levels.

The book is well done, readable, comprehensive and has a few gems lurking in the revelations from all the interviews, such as the limited involvement of Andrew Lansley and Paul Burstow in drafting the health section of the Coalition Agreement.

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Is 75% of the Coalition Agreement drawn from the Lib Dem manifesto? Alas, no…

One of the key justifications for Lib Dem involvement in the Coalition — one which has comforted many party members through the first two difficult years of being the junior partner in government with the Conservatives — has been the finding that 75% of the Lib Dem manifesto appeared in the Programme for Government (commonly known as the Coalition Agreement). This assessment was based on research by UCL’s Constitution Unit, and published a year ago in their interim report on ‘How Coalition Government Works’ (PDF).

However, UCL has …

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  • User AvatarJohnny McDermott 25th Feb - 11:10pm
    David Raw on working with SNP: have some friends at various levels of the party, and heard the same. One described the first Westminster intake...
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    Frank - I agree with that point on insisting they set it all out in advance, but they would say their 500+ page white paper...
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    PS. Peter Hirst - I thought of calling the article “what do nationalists want?” as a nod to that terrible Mel Gibson film, “What do...
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    Thanks David. It’s important that we can be honest about that, too. I’m sure there are some of our southern peers that would consider exile...
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    TCO - I agree, there’s a solid 45% or so that seems pointless to pursue (a third of them the equivalent of the ERG -...
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