Government and Politics in Britain : An Introduction
This study of British politics has been specially designed for A-level courses in the subject, but may also serve as an introduction for undergraduates. It offers an analysis of the major sectors of British politics - the constitution, the international and social context of British politics, the electoral system, parties and the party system, pressure groups, the politics of mass communication, the Monarchy, Parliament, the office of Prime Minister, the cabinet system, the Civil Service, and local government.
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- Hardback | 648 pages
- 171 x 246 x 38.1mm | 1,202g
- 01 Jul 1991
- Polity Press
- Oxford, United Kingdom
- 90 figures, 26 tables, 30 photographs, bibliography, index
Table of contents
Part 1 Introduction: studying politics. Part 2 Politics in context: the constitution - the written and the unknowable; the world context - this sceptred isle; the social context - our disunited kingdom. Part 3 Mobilizing the "demos": mind politics - teaching people what to think; the electoral system - parsimonious democracy; the politics of power - a life history of the party system; inside the parties - masses, leaders and powers behind thrones. Part 4 Government at the centre: pomp and circumstance - the living dead of the constitution; Parliament - not to reason why; the executive - of cabinets and queens; the village of Whitehall - of ministers and mandarins; getting and spending - the politics of public expenditure and the economy; the politics of influence. Part 5 Worlds beyond Whitehall: quasi-autonomy, quasi-democracy - arm's length administration; the politics of local government; political justice; the co-ercive state - political policing in Britain. Part 6 Conclusion: getting it together - thinking holistically.