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Coalition Government Essay

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How far has the coalition government forced the Conservatives and the Liberal Democrats to revise their traditional ideological stances?
The UK's government is currently a coalition, this means that there were two or more 'winning' parties at the 2010 general election. The Conservatives are head of the government and the Liberal Democrats are deputy. By having a coalition government the two parties have to change their ideologies and come up with ideas that fit them both. Evidence shows that the coalition government hasn't forced the Conservatives and the Liberal Democrats to revise their traditional ideological stances, this means that they haven't changed their traditional values so they ...view middle of the document...

They dislike change and believe in authority and oppose state intervention. Disraeli warned against the danger of Britain being divided into 'two nations: the Rich and the Poor'. His call for social reform was narrow (but not remove) social inequalities was based on the principles of paternalism. The rich therefore, have an obligation to attend the needs of the poor. This means that the rich should help the poor in acting in the interests of others who are unable to make informed moral decisions, just like fathers do with children. And the other type of conservatism is Thatcherism. This is an ideological agenda hat was associated with the ideas and values of Margaret Thatcher and the policies of her government (1979-90). Thatcherism does not so much constitute a coherent and systematic philosophy as an attempt to marry two distinct traditions. Although there is political and ideological tension between two traditions, they can be combined in support of the goal of a strong but minimal state, 'the free economy and the strong state'. There are two elements within Thatcherism and they are neoliberalism, this is an updated version of classical liberalism. It's central to the free market and self-reliant individual. The second one is neoconservatism, this is a form of authoritarian conservatism that calls for a restoration of order, authority and discipline in society.
Liberalism is an ideology that is defined by a commitment to the individual, reflected in the doctrine of 'natural' or human rights. The core values in liberalism are individualism, the individual is of supreme importance, implying an emphasis on rights or entitlements. The second core value is freedom, individuals should enjoy the greatest possible freedom consistent with like of freedom for all. Their final value is toleration, people should be willing to accept ideas and practices of which they disapprove, safeguarding diversity and debate. Liberalism encompasses two contrasting traditions, the first is classical liberalism believes in a minimal state and free market capitalism. This views individuals as strongly self-interested and self-reliant creatures. The second is modern liberalism believes in social welfare and economic intervention. This holds that the state should 'help individuals to help themselves'. This shows that the liberals are keen to look after people and give them a helping hand when they need it. There are many differences between the Liberal Democrats and the Conservatives, the first being he origin of political society. Conservatism argues that political society develops gradually over time out of custom and human experience. There is no social contact. Secondly, human nature is not rational. People's ability to reason is severely limited, nor is the world understandable and malleable. Therefore, efforts to improve a society will likely have terrible unanticipated consequences. Inequality is the natural order of things, human beings are naturally unequal....

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