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.
|Title of host publication||Employment relations under coalition government|
|Subtitle of host publication||The UK experience, 2010-2015|
|Editors||Steve Williams, Peter Scott|
|Place of Publication||London and New York|
|Number of pages||22|
|Publication status||Published - Jun 2016|
|Name||Routledge Research in Employment Relations|