The Coalition Programme: A New Vision for Britain or Politics as Usual?
Article first published online: 8 MAR 2011
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The Political Quarterly
Volume 82, Issue 1, pages 4–15, January-March 2011
How to Cite
TAYLOR-GOOBY, P. and STOKER, G. (2011), The Coalition Programme: A New Vision for Britain or Politics as Usual?. The Political Quarterly, 82: 4–15. doi: 10.1111/j.1467-923X.2011.02169.x
- Issue published online: 8 MAR 2011
- Article first published online: 8 MAR 2011
- new politics
The Coalition programme includes restructuring public provision through reforms and cuts which will take public spending in the Britain below that in the US. This article explores whether the Coalition agenda is best understood as a new approach to Britain's deep-seated economic short-comings or simply as the normal politics of gaining and retaining power. It analyses the current government's programme, identifies the common features across the range of policies and discusses how they are likely to develop as they encounter set-backs.