In this edition of the show we discuss the book: The Cameron-Clegg Government: Coalition Politics in an Age of Austerity, written by Simon Lee and Matt Beech.
This book provides the first detailed analysis of the ideas and policies of the Cameron-Clegg government. It covers the period from the May 2010 General Election and its outcome, through the formation of the coalition, to publication of the coalition's Programme for Government, and its 20 October 2010 Spending Review.
Drawing upon the contributions of a team of 16 academic experts, every area of domestic policy is evaluated, including policy developments and spending decisions affecting the economy; health; education; welfare and the 'Big Society'; environment and transport; home affairs; constitutional reform; and Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland.
The Cameron-Clegg Government also evaluates the coalition's agenda for defence policy, including the outcome of the Strategic Defence Review; foreign policy and international development; and policy towards the European Union.
The book concludes with an analysis of the impact of the coalition upon each of the three major United Kingdom political parties.