British Government and Politics

British Government and Politics : Balancing Europeanization and Independence

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This deeply informed text sets the government and politics of Britain firmly in the context of Britain's enduring membership in the European Union. Michael L. Mannin thoroughly applies the concept of "Europeanization" across the political system to explore how far change is a product of Britain's interdependent relationship with the EU. Ideal for courses in British and European politics, this book breaks new ground in exploring the complex interdependence that the EU should bring to the study of European political systems.
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Product details

  • Hardback | 408 pages
  • 164 x 239 x 30mm | 744g
  • Rowman & Littlefield Publishers
  • Lanham, MD, United States
  • English
  • New
  • 074253684X
  • 9780742536845

Table of contents

Introduction: British Politics and Europe
Chapter 1: The Development of the British State: Stories and Models
Chapter 2: Economic and Social Change
Chapter 3: British Politics and Constitutional Change
Chapter 4: Parliamentary Representation and the Legislative Process
Chapter 5: Beyond Parliament: Multilevel Representation
Chapter 6: Parties and Why Citizens Vote for Them
Chapter 7: Participation, Pressure Groups, and the Media
Chapter 8: The Executive: Managing Decline in a Shrinking World?
Chapter 9: The British State and the Policy Process
Chapter 10: Economic Policy in Britain
Chapter 11: British Environmental Policy: From Smog to Sustainability
Chapter 12: Britain's Foreign Policy and External Security
Chapter 13: A Conclusion-and Postscript
Appendix: The European Union: An Official Interpretation
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Review quote

This interesting, prescient, and most timely book argues that the political world has been 'turned inside out.' Since the European financial crisis and the May British election, the political world is more topsy-turvy. Happily, Mannin's book is a good guide to this world. British politics, he argues, cannot be understood without fully appreciating the EU's impact. European integration is 'an integral aspect of "what happens"'-of 'how things are.' While he acknowledges other international and domestic forces, his starting point is the 'unusual condition' of EU membership. A textbook, it is formulaic (chapters in tidy order on economy, constitution, parliament, parties, executive, etc.). But Mannin differs by putting the impact of the EU front and center. Thus, constitutional reform cannot be seen as distinct from 'the notion of European integration.' He covers institutions, politics, and policies (economic, environmental, and foreign). Recommended. * CHOICE * While the wide implications of European Union membership have long been evident in Whitehall and elsewhere, texts on British politics have tended to remain strangely insular. By providing a systematic investigation of the ways in which membership has influenced the constitution, institutions, and policies of the British system, Mannin has comprehensively addressed this serious omission. His ambitious and innovative work fills a significant gap in the study of British government and politics. -- John Vogler, Keele University In this book Michael Mannin has done something very difficult and made it look easy. He has deftly synthesized an immense amount of diverse material in order to produce a panoramic account of Britain in Europe. In lively and accessible prose, Mannin supplies history, context, and a set of alternative perspectives. Thoroughly recommended. -- Christopher Pollitt, Katholieke Universiteit Leuven
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About Michael L. Mannin

Michael L. Mannin is Jean Monnet Chair of European Studies at Liverpool John Moores University.
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