Journal articles

Letters to the Editor

Liberal Democrats and the Coalition (Nigel Lindsay)

Coalition: Could Liberal Democrats have handled it better?

Autumn conference meeting, 18 September 2016, with David Laws, Chris Huhne and Akash Paun; chair: Jo Swinson

Liberal Democrats in coalition: constitutional reform

Overview: Robert Hazell. Commentaries: Matthew Hanney, Michael Steed

Liberal Democrats in coalition: Europe

Overview: Tim Oliver. Commentaries: William Wallace, Hannah Bettsworth

Liberal Democrats in coalition: climate and energy

Overview: Neil Carter. Commentaries: Chris Huhne, Ed Davey, Fiona Hall

Liberal Democrats in coalition: home affairs

Overview: Timothy J. Oliver. Commentaries: Lynne Featherstone, Norman Baker, Caron Lindsay

Liberal Democrats in coalition: social security

Overview: Peter Sloman. Commentaries: Jenny Willott, Alex Marsh

Liberal Democrats in coalition: health

Overview: Peter Sloman. Commentaries: Paul Burstow, Norman Lamb, Evan Harris

Liberal Democrats in coalition: education

Overview: Simon Griffiths. Commentaries: David Laws, Helen Flynn

Liberal Democrats in coalition: economic policy

Overview: Matt Cole. Commentaries: Vince Cable, Jo Swinson, David Howarth

Coalition and the Liberal Democrats: the policy record

Introduction to this special issue of the Journal

Coalition and the 2015 election

Targeting and its effect on Liberal Democrat performance in the 2015 general election; Can Liberals learn from history?

Comparing coalitions

A comparison of the coalition with the Scottish experience of 1999–2007; and a look at parallels from history

The 2015 election campaign and its outcome

Analyses of the election result, and a look at what happened to the party’s campaigning machine

The impacts of coalition

The coalition and Liberal Democrat members; and the impact on the party in Scotland

Managing the coalition

How did the coalition work as a government? And how was the party itself managed?

Why did it go wrong?

Analyses of why the coalition experiment ended so disastrously for the Liberal Democrats; plus a review of Seldon and Finn, The Coalition Effect 2010–2015

Coalition and the deluge

Interviews with Nick Clegg and ten other former Liberal Democrat ministers on their experiences of the 2010–15 coalition

Coalition and the Liberal Democrats

2010 analysed

Review of Robert Worcester and Roger Mortimore, Explaining Cameron’s Coalition (Biteback Publishing, 2011).


Coalition: Could Liberal Democrats have handled it better?

The 2015 election decisively ended the Liberal Democrats’ participation in government. Did what the party achieved in coalition between 2010 and 2015 justify the damage? Could the party have managed coalition better? The meeting marks the publication of the autumn Journal of Liberal History, a special issue on the policy record of the coalition. Speakers: […]