Coalition cohesion

A parcel arrived today from Palgrave Macmillan.  I thought it may be my copy of The Withering of the Welfare State, which is being launched tonight.  In the event, it was a copy of Cameron and the Conservatives: The transition to coalition government, edited by Tim Heppell and David Seawright.  I have a chapter in it entitled ‘Coalition cohesion’, which analyses the position in the first year of coalition.

About Lord Norton

Professor of Government at Hull University, and Member of the House of Lords
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4 Responses to Coalition cohesion

  1. Frank W. Summers III says:

    Lord Norton.

    I do not know if you have any interest in this matter. But I would like to give you the chnace to say anything you may have gleaned about the politics and publishing connection of the Macmillan family. You and your readers may or may not be aware that JFK’s widow became among other things one of the most highly regarded book editors in the US for certain types of projects. She already had an interest in publishing when she was the First Lady and of couse JFK had authored (with help) two books by that time. While JFK had help in his literary efforts he truly was bookish in every sense and really interested in matters related to this. Some would say that this made the Macmillan family very attractive to the Kennedys and tied the US and Britain more closely together during his brief tenure than at most other times in history because of that connection. Does any of this suggest any anecdotes at all?

  2. Thanks for posting this notification of publication!

    I would like to use this book for my upcoming article “Canada Does Not Love Coalitions”, which will compare the proposed Liberal-New Democratic coalition government and the Liberal-New Democratic-Bloquiste accord of December 2008 (the two documents, which constituted their governing platform, amounted to a paltry 10 pages) to the Conservative–Liberal-Democratic coalition government of 2010. In other orders, one is serious, and the other is not. The title alludes to Bogdanor’s “The Coalition and the Constitution” and Benjamin Disraeli’s famous remark.

  3. ladytizzy says:

    Remind me, Lord Norton, who put the first claim in to be your biographer?

    • Neil M says:

      I was particularly taken with the facility to either enlarge or diminish the “picture” or, indeed, to be able to move it up, down, left or right until it was completely out of shot. Very handy if they were ever to upload a more accurate representation.

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