Conservative Lib Dem Coalition Agreement

This document presents agreements between the Conservatives and the Liberal Democrats on a number of issues. These are the issues that needed to be resolved between us so that we could work together as a strong and stable government. The timing will be followed by a final coalition agreement covering the entire policy and including foreign policy, defence and domestic policy issues that are not addressed in this document. My latest article, published in the British Journal of Politics and International Relations, addresses this gap by focusing on the day-to-day practice of coalition governance, as experienced by the Conservative-Democratic coalition that was in place in the UK between 2010 and 2015. Unlike studies that have focused on what I have described (in the mind of Elinor Ostrom) as the “rules in the form” of coalition government, my research is more about how the “rules of application” of the coalition government are interpreted on the ground. How important are they in the day-to-day life of the coalition government to formal mechanisms such as coalition agreements, portfolio allocation procedures and dispute resolution forums? My research draws on the organization`s sociology instruments to compare how the coalition government is formally implemented on the “front stage” and negotiated informally and placed behind the scenes. With regard to the case of the conservative-liberal democratic coalition, the formal architecture of the coalition government, pushed by realpolitik, was vast to govern together in a policy organized according to the principles of the guard of contradictory power. This included a broad coalition agreement covering 31 different policy areas and made more than 400 separate political commitments; an accompanying policy document that limits a number of “expectations” about coalition activities; Proportional allocation of portfolios; Setting up security oversight ministers in other countries to monitor their partners; and a number of dispute resolution arenas, including the formal coalition committee and the informal quad. The Labour Party, which has contributed in recent years to ideas of “community power”, has always feared that localism will undermine the universality of the welfare state and welfare services. The coalition may be less sensitive in this regard, but if municipal councils are allowed to get rid of national standards and follow their own path, Clegg and Cameron can expect to be criticized for presiding through an unfair “postcode lottery,” where citizens in neighbouring neighbourhoods ultimately have very different requirements and levels of service.

The parties will lobby by establishing a legal register of lobbyists. We also agree to adopt a detailed agreement on limiting donations and reforming the financing of political parties in order to deprive politics of a large sum of money. The formation of a coalition government has been a major concern of comparative political science, and for many decades scientists have paid great attention to who enters and who receives what in terms of parties, portfolios and policies. Similarly, the end of the coalition government has been extensively analyzed, as scientists have tried to explain when and why coalitions fall.