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.
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.