Politics UK

Politics UK


Edited by Bill Jones, Edited by Philip Norton

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  • Publisher: Pearson Education Limited
  • Format: Paperback | 640 pages
  • Dimensions: 194mm x 264mm x 28mm | 1,380g
  • Publication date: 9 October 2013
  • Publication City/Country: London
  • ISBN 10: 1447921402
  • ISBN 13: 9781447921400
  • Edition: 8, Revised
  • Edition statement: 8th Revised edition
  • Sales rank: 541,744

Product description

The revised and updated eighth edition of the bestselling textbook Politics UK is an indispensible introduction to British politics. It provides a thorough and accessible overview of the institutions and processes of British government, a good grounding in British political history and an incisive introduction to the issues facing Britain today. With contributed chapters from respected scholars in the field and contemporary articles on real-world politics from well-known political commentators, this textbook is an essential guide for students of British politics. The eighth edition welcomes brand new material from eight new contributors to complement the rigorously updated and highly valued chapters retained from the previous edition. The eighth edition includes: * Britain in context boxes offering contrasting international perspectives of themes in British politics. * A comprehensive 'who's who' of politics in the form of Profile boxes featuring key political figures. * And another thing ...pieces: short articles written by distinguished commentators including Jonathan Powell, Michael Moran and Mark Garnett. * Fully updated chapters plus new material providing excellent coverage of contemporary political events including: The Leveson Inquiry, the aftermath of the 2011 riots and the House of Lords reform. * A vibrant and accessible new design to excite and engage students as the work through a variety of political topics. * A new epilogue to the book offering a critical perspective of the trials and tribulations of the Coalition Government, including an overview of the major differences that divide the coalition partners.

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Author information

Bill Jones is Professor and Lecturer of Politics and History at Liverpool Hope University. He is the author of several well-known textbooks on British politics including the previous seven editions of Politics UK, British Politics Today, Political Issues in Britain Today and The Dictionary of British Politics. Philip Norton, Lord Norton of Louth, is Professor of Government and Director of the Centre for Legislative Studies at the University of Hull, as well as being a member of the House of Lords. He is the author or editor of 30 books.

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'...it is an excellent book ... The material is easy to engage with and well written, even on complicated subjects ...' Dr David S. Moon, University of Liverpool '... highly informative, authoritative and up to date, and I'm sure that it will be of great use to entry-level students.' Professor Paul Webb, University of Sussex '... a good balance between established debates regarding aspects of the British political system on the one hand, and key developments and events on the other ...' Dr Joanna McKay, Nottingham Trent University

Table of contents

Part 1Context, Chapter 1 Politics in perspective by Bill Jones, Chapter 2 Britain, the World and Europe by Oliver Daddow, Chapter 3 Social and Economic Contexts by Mark Garnett, And Another Thing The Legacy of Empire, by Andrew Gamble, Part 2 Defining the Political World, Chapter 4 Ideology and the Liberal Tradition by Bill Jones, Chapter 5 Political Ideas: the Major Parties by Bill Jones, Chapter 6 Political Ideas: Themes and Fringes by Bill Jones, And Another Thing The Banking Crisis and British Politics by Steve Richards, Part 3 The Representative Process, Chapter 7 Elections, by Mark Garnett, Chapter 8 Mass Media and Political Communication by Bill Jones, Chapter 9 Pathways Into Politics by Michael Moran, Chapter 10 - Pressure Groups by Bill Jones, Chapter 11 Political Parties by Richard Kelly, Chapter 12 Devolution by Russell Deacon, And Another Thing The Expenses Crisis by Chris Mullin, Part 4 The Legislative Process, Chapter 13 The Changing Constitution, by Philip Norton, Chapter 14 The Crown, by Philip Norton, Chapter 15 The House of Commons by Philip Norton, Chapter 16 The House of Lords by Philip Norton, And Another Thing Big Beasts by Andrew Heywood, Part 5 The Executive Process, Chapter 17 The Core Executive: the Prime Minister and Cabinet by Philip Norton, Chapter 18 Ministers, Departments and the Civil Servants by Philip Norton, Chapter 19 Local Government by Colin Copus, Chapter 20 The Judiciary by Philip Norton, And Another Thing The Rolls Royce of Government by Peter Riddell, Part 6 - The Policy Process, Chapter 21 The Policy Making Process by Bill Jones, Chapter 22 Law and Order by Bill Jones, Chapter 23 Social Policy by Harry Cowen, Chapter 24 Economic Policy by Wyn Grant, Chapter 25 British Foreign and Defence Policy by Bill Jones, Chapter 26 - Environmental Policy by Andrew Flynn, Chapter 27 Britain and the Future of the EU by Nick Rees, And Another Thing Britain and the World by Jonathan Freedland.