Eight years since The Orange Book: have the Liberal Democrats ‘reclaimed’ liberalism?
THE LIBERAL DEMOCRATS AND SUPPLY-SIDE ECONOMICS
Article first published online: 7 JUN 2012
© 2012 The Author. Economic Affairs © 2012 Institute of Economic Affairs. Published by Blackwell Publishing, Oxford
Volume 32, Issue 2, pages 17–20, June 2012
How to Cite
Leunig, T. (2012), THE LIBERAL DEMOCRATS AND SUPPLY-SIDE ECONOMICS. Economic Affairs, 32: 17–20. doi: 10.1111/j.1468-0270.2012.02149.x
- Issue published online: 7 JUN 2012
- Article first published online: 7 JUN 2012
- Royal Mail;
- Post Offices;
- employment protection;
- climate change
The coalition has given the Liberal Democrats the opportunity to demonstrate their support for – or opposition to – supply-side economics. The person who has done most on the supply side is Ed Davey, in the Department of Business, Innovation and Skills. In a remarkable legislative achievement for a Parliamentary Under Secretary in under two years in office, Davey ensured that the privatisation of Royal Mail reached the statute books, liberalised the terms and conditions for Post Office counters, and liberalised employment and retirement laws.