The Coalition: Voters, Parties and Institutions The Coalition: Voters, Parties and Institutions

The Coalition: Voters, Parties and Institutions

The formation of the Conservative-Liberal Democratic government was an historic moment for a political system that has become synonymous with single-party government. ‘The Coalition: Voters, Parties and Institutions' asks what we can learn from the experience of earlier coalitions, looks at how the coalition came about, describes how it works, and examines the views of voters, backbenchers and the media. Contributors include: Jack McConnell, Bob Worcester, Andrew Adonis, Iain Dale, Robert Hazell, Philip Cowley and Chris Hanretty.

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The conference brought together leading practitioners and academics to discuss the questions posed by the formation of the Conservative-Liberal Democrat coalition in a political system identified so closely with single-party government. Among the questions addressed were:

  • the lessons from pre-1945 coalitions, the Lib-Lab pact, and devolved or subnational government;
  • the formation of the coalition
  • how the UK experience compares with coalition government elsewhere in Europe
  • how the coalition has affected Westminster and Whitehall
  • how do the grassroot membership view the coalition; and
  • what are the attitudes towards the coalition in the media and public.
Speakers and Contributors
Andrew Adonis (Institute for Government) Alex Allan (Cabinet Office)
Nick Anstead (London School of Economics) Vernan Bogdanor (University of Oxford)
Adam Boulton (Sky News) Charles Clarke (University of East Anglia)
Philip Cowley (University of Nottingham) David Cowling (BBC)
Iain Dale (Total Politics Magazine) Jon Davis (Queen Mary, University of London)
Bernard Donoughue (House of Lords) Chris Game (University of Birmingham)
Stephen Greasley (University of East Anglia) David Hall-Matthews (University of Leeds)
Chris Hanretty (University of East Anglia) Robert Hazell (University College London)
Peter Hennessy (Queen Mary, University of London) Charlie Jeffery (University of Edinburgh)
Jeffrey A Karp (University of Exeter) Hussein Kassim (University of East Anglia)
Charles Lees (University of Sheffield) Jack McConnell (House of Lords)
Iain McLean (University of Oxford) Thomas Otte (University of East Anglia)
Akash Paun (Institute for Government) Nick Pearce (Institute for Public Policy Research)
Peter Riddell (Institute for Government) Emily Robinson (University of Nottingham)
Nick Robinson (BBC) John Street (University of East Anglia)
Mark Stuart (University of Nottingham) Robert Worcester (Ipsos MORI)
Ben Yong (University College London) Download the conference programme here

The following presentations are now available to download:

The Coalition at One: The Coalition and the Media - Nick Anstead - London School of Economics and Political Science
The Parliamentary Parties - Philip Cowley, University of Nottingham
Coalitions and Political Management at the Local Level - Stephen Greasley, University of East Anglia
The Coalition in Comparative Perspective - Chris Hanretty, University of East Anglia
The Coalition in Whitehall - Robert Hazell, University College London
The Coalition and the Constitution - Charlie Jeffery, University of Edinburgh
Voters and Coalition Governments - Jeffrey Karp, University of Exeter
Multiparty Government in Europe - Charles Lees, University of Sheffield
England does not love Coalitions - Iain MacLean, University of Oxford
Explaining Cameron's Coalition - How it came about - Sir Robert Worcester, Ipsos MORI
The Coalition's Parliamentary Parties - Ben Yong, University College London

Organised by UEA Political, Social & International Studies staff, in partnership with the Institute for Government and the Mile End Group, Queen Mary, University of London.