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About this Lecture
In this module, we think about the legacy of the 2010-15 coalition government, focusing in particular on: (i) the importance of the 2010-15 period in showing that coalition governments can be stable and effective, as well as showing the importance of ‘third’ parties; (ii) the differing electoral impact on the Conservatives and Liberal Democrats, respectively – the Conservatives went on to win a majority in 2015, while the Liberal Democrats were annihilated – and the reasons this was the case; and (iii) the importance of the 2010-15 period in shifting policy from economic issues (e.g. how to reduce the budget deficit) to broader cultural issues (e.g. should Britain be part of the European Union) – and the continuation of that trend in subsequent years.
In this course, Dr Matt Beech (University of Hull) explores the Conservative-Liberal Democrat coalition government of 2010-15. The first module, we think about the key background to the formation of the coalition in 2010 – how and why did the Conservatives and Liberal Democrats come to form the first formal coalition in the post-war period?. After that, in the second module, we think about the extent to which the Conservatives and Liberal Democrats had a shared political ideology, before turning in the third module to consider their respective positions on the economy. In the fourth module, we think about why Europe became such a big issue in the course of the Parliament, leading to Cameron promising an in-out referendum on Europe in January 2013, before turning in the fifth module to consider the legacy of the 2010-15 coalition – in terms of the subsequent electoral fortunes for the constituent parties, and in terms of the character of UK politics more broadly.
Dr Matt Beech is Reader in Politics at the University of Hull, where he is the Director of the Centre for British Politics. He is a specialist in post-war British political history, government and ideas. His recent publications include (as co-editor) The struggle for Labour's soul: Understanding Labour's political thought since 1945 (2018).
Cite this Lecture
Beech, M. (2020, December 29). The Conservative Coalition, 2010-15 - Legacy [Video]. MASSOLIT. https://massolit.io/courses/the-conservative-coalition-2010-15/legacy
Beech, M. "The Conservative Coalition, 2010-15 – Legacy." MASSOLIT, uploaded by MASSOLIT, 29 Dec 2020, https://massolit.io/courses/the-conservative-coalition-2010-15/legacy