THE ORANGE BOOK: EIGHT YEARS ON

Authors


David Laws was co-editor (with Paul Marshall) of The Orange Book. He is the Member of Parliament for Yeovil (david.laws.mp@parliament.uk).

Abstract

The Orange Book had an important influence on Liberal Democrat thinking, particularly on economics, tax, and public service reform. Without the policy changes which the book and its authors anticipated, it is much more difficult to imagine the governing Liberal Democrat-Conservative coalition being formed and sustained. This paper examines the origins and impact of the book, and sketches out future directions for policy development.

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