British Politics: A Very Short Introduction

British Politics: A Very Short Introduction

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Tony Wright's Very Short Introduction to British Politics is an interpretative essay on the British political system, rather than merely an abbreviated textbook on how it currently works. He identifies key characteristics and ideas of the British tradition, and investigates what makes British politics distinctive, while emphasizing throughout the book how these characteristics are reflected in the way the political system actually functions. Each chapter is organized around a key theme, such as the constitution or political accountability, which is first established and then explored with examples and illustrations. This in turn provides a perspective for a discussion of how the system is changing, looking in particular at devolution and Britain's place in Europe.show more

Product details

  • Paperback | 136 pages
  • 110 x 170 x 12mm | 117.93g
  • Oxford University Press
  • Oxford, United Kingdom
  • English
  • numerous halftones and line drawings
  • 0192854593
  • 9780192854599
  • 301,516

About Tony Wright

Tony Wright is MP for Cannock Chase, and Chairman of the Public Administration Committee. Before entering parliament in 1992 he was Reader in Politics at the University of Birmingham. His publications include Socialisms: Old and New (OUP; reissued Routledge, 1996), Citizens and Subjects: An Essay on British Politics (Routledge, 1994), Why Vote Labour? (Penguin, 1997) and, as editor, The British Political Process (Routledge, 1999).show more

Table of contents

1. The Britishness of British Politics; 2. The Political Constitution; 3. Ideology--and After; 4. Governing: The Strong Centre; 5. Representing: Party Rules OK; 6. Accounting: Heckling the Steamroller; 7. New Wine, Old Bottles; 8. The End of British Politics?show more

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