The UK coalition government 2010-15: an overview

Stephen James Williams, Peter John Scott

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This chapter examines the May 2015 formation of the Conservative-Liberal Democrat coalition government in the UK. The speedy agreement to form a coalition was predicated on the claim that a stable government was needed in order to tackle the consequences of the financial crisis and economic recession. However, the emphasis on deficit reduction and austerity, mainly involving rapid and substantial public expenditure cuts, was ideologically and politically motivated rather than economically necessary, and had a marked adverse impact on the poor and vulnerable. Although marked by some distinctive features, the coalition’s policy agenda generally involved the intensification of neo-liberalism.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationEmployment relations under coalition government
Subtitle of host publicationThe UK experience, 2010-2015
EditorsSteve Williams, Peter Scott
Place of PublicationLondon and New York
Number of pages22
ISBN (Print)9781138887008
Publication statusPublished - Jun 2016

Publication series

NameRoutledge Research in Employment Relations


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