How did the UK Coalition Government’s policies differ from previous Conservative (or Labour) Government policies? How did the Liberal Democrats influence them? And what can this tell us about the likely policy direction of the Conservative government elected in May 2015?
Responding to the political and social policy changes made between 2010-15 this book considers the relationship between the two coalition parties to provide a critical assessment of how their policies affected the British welfare state, including the impact of ‘austerity’.
Looking beyond 2015, the contributors consider what the implications of these changes may be for social policy, both the challenges and opportunities, which will present themselves in the future.
"A first class introduction to the recent past for anyone intending to study this time period as well as for those simply wanting to check the pulse of the modern British state." LSE Review of Books
"An informed, engaging and accessible account of the 2010-15 Coalition government’s politics and policies, written by a strong team respected for their Social Policy expertise." Brian Lund, Manchester Metropolitan University
“This very timely collection is the first comprehensive analysis of the policies and politics of the UK coalition government. Leading commentators are dissecting rhetoric, actual spending and impact (where possible) of the coalition's policies.” Tina Haux, University of Kent
Hugh Bochel is Professor of Public Policy at the University of Lincoln. He has published widely in the fields of social and public policy, including editing ‘The Conservative Party and social policy’.
Martin Powell is Professor of Health and Social Policy at the Health Services Management Centre, University of Birmingham. He is the editor of several books exploring the New Labour governments and the British welfare state.
The transformation of the welfare state? ~ Hugh Bochel and Martin Powell;
The Coalition, public expenditure and social policy ~ Nick Ellison;
Social policy and public opinion under the Coalition ~ Andrew Defty;
The changing governance of social policy ~ Catherine Bochel;
Health ~ Rob Baggott;
Education ~ Stephen Ball and Patrick Bailey;
Housing ~ Peter Somerville;
Social security ~ Steve McKay and Karen Rowlingson;
Employment ~ Anne Daguerre;
Adult care ~ Jon Glasby;
Family policy ~ Ros Edwards and Val Gillies;
Children and young people ~ Harriet Churchill;
Crime and criminal justice ~ Peter Squires;
Equalities ~ Kirstein Rummery;
Social policy in the devolved administrations ~ Derek Birrell and Ann Marie Gray;
Conclusions ~ Hugh Bochel and Martin Powell.