The UK coalition government 2010-15: an overview

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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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