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    Unity and distinctiveness: What future junior coalition partners can learn from the Liberal Democrats

Unity and distinctiveness: What future junior coalition partners can learn from the Liberal Democrats

A key lesson that future junior coalition partners should take from the Liberal Democrats’ first experience in government is that the costs of being embedded across government are substantial, whilst the benefits in terms of clear influence on policy are small, writes Libby McEnhill.

Coalition government brings challenges for the parties involved, notably the ‘unity/distinctiveness’ dilemma: how to govern together, […]

David Cameron and welfare: a change of rhetoric should not be mistaken for a change of ideology

Libby McEnhill argues that it is wrong to see Cameron’s ‘One Nation’ Conservatism and Thatcherite Conservatism as though they represent opposites in their approaches to welfare and the role and responsibilities of the state. In essence, both see danger in an expanded state and share the same ideological foundations. This post responds to and builds on two recent posts on this blog on […]