Does the Coalition government represent a new politics in Britain, or is the new government just the same old Tories hiding behind an opportunist pact with the Liberal Democrats? Does Cameron differ from past Conservatives like Margaret Thatcher, and if so, how? This book looks at the Coalition government in the context of conservative ideas and seeks to assess what, if anything, is new about it. The book is aimed at undergraduates and those interested in the future direction of politics in the UK.
"The New Politics could certainly be useful a source for teaching purposes, setting out a position not always fairly represented in undergraduate teaching curricula." Nicholas Deakin, Cercles.
"Peter King's book is an accessible but erudite exploration of the complex relationship between the reactionary and the progressive impulses and ideas that have so often helped the Conservatives some to and keep power - and arguably still help them today. It offers readers a refreshing perspective on David Cameron, placing him in context and showing how the Conservatives can be the 'same old Tories' yet still offer something new." Tim Bale, Professor of Politics, University of Sussex.
"Peter King brings a detailed understanding of both conservatism and the mechanics of government to this significant work, which takes us intelligently through the largely uncharted waters of coalition government." Simon Heffer, Associate Editor The Daily Telegraph.
Peter King is Reader in Social Thought at De Montfort University, Leicester. He is the author of many books including one on the right to buy entitled Housing Policy Transformed (The Policy Press, 2010). His research interests include welfare reform, housing subsidies and conservative social thought.
Introduction; Towards the new politics; Conservative governance; What is Conservatism?; Who do we govern for?; Progressive Conservatism and the alliance with Liberalism; Reaction and tradition; A model for governing; Conclusions.