The 2010 election has transformed the British political landscape, ushering in a coalition government for the first time since the Second World War, and breaking up the UK's traditional pattern of two-party dominance.
Bringing together recognized experts in key areas of British politics, this book analyses the implications of this turning point in British history. It looks beyond the sound and fury of the election campaign in search of the deeper causes and long-term consequences of the 2010 poll, placing the election in a broader context. It assesses the reasons for Labour's defeat and for the Conservatives' failure to win the election outright, and examines the Liberal Democrats' remarkable transformation into a party of government. The book also addresses the impact of the global financial crisis and the problems facing the British economy one decade into the new century, the implications of the election for the unity of the United Kingdom, and the changing nature of Britain's international and European role.
This timely, accessible volume will be of interest to academic specialists and students of British politics as well as the interested general reader seeking insights into the rapidly changing British political scene.
|Publisher:||Manchester University Press|
|Product dimensions:||6.30(w) x 9.30(h) x 0.90(d)|
About the Author
Gianfranco Baldini is Associate Professor of Political Science at the University of Bologna and Deputy Director of the Istituto Carlo Cattaneo
Jonathan Hopkin is Reader in British and Comparative Politics at the London School of Economics and Political Science
Table of Contents
Introduction Gianfranco Baldini
Elections, voters, parties
1. The British general election of 2010 and the advent of coalition government Patrick Dunleavy
2. The Labour party Eric Shaw
3. The path to (sharing) power: Conservative party Richard Hayton
4. The Liberal Democrats: Challenges, issues and policies Elizabeth Evans
5. The financial crisis and financial regulation in the UK Lucia Quaglia
6. Inequality, poverty and the 2010 election Jonathan Hopkin and Martina Viarengo
7. Immigration and multiculturalism: controversies and policies Roberto Bertinetti
The Changing UK State and its role in the world
8. Devolution and the 2010 election in Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland Alan Trench
9. Between Europe and America: The coalition and Britain's changing international role Gianfranco Baldini