This best-selling and highly respected text provides a comprehensive introduction to all aspects of the British polity and political system. Politics UK, 5th edition, covers all of the core elements of an introductory undergraduate and "A" level British politics course - the constitution, social context, political ideology, parliament, Prime Minister and departments, elections and voting behaviour, the media, pressure groups, local government and the judiciary as well as the major policy areas. The material is presented in a consistently clear and lively style, constantly challenging the student and raising thought-provoking issues.
- Paperback | 840 pages
- 190 x 244 x 34mm | 1,401.61g
- 11 Mar 2004
- Pearson Education (US)
- Longman Inc
- New Jersey, United States
- 5th edition
- cartoons, glossary, further reading
Table of contents
1. Introduction: Explaining Politics 2. The Historical context: Globalisation 3. The Social and Economic Contexts 4. Ideology and the Liberal Tradition 5. Political Ideas: Key concepts 6. Political Ideas: The major parties 7. Political Ideas: Themes and fringes 8. Elections 9. Voting behaviour 10. The mass media and political communication 11. Pressure Groups 12. Political Parties 13. Pathways to Politics 14. Devolution 15. The changing constiution 16. The Crown 17. The House of Commons 18. The House of Lords 19. The Cabinet and Prime Minister 20. Ministers, Departments and Civil Servants 21. Civil Service management and policy 22. Local government 23. The Judiciary 24. The policy-making process 25. The politics of Law and Order 26. Social Policy 27. Economic Policy 28. British Foreign and defence policy under the Blair government 29. Environmental policy 30. Northern Ireland 31. Britain and European Integration 32. Labour in government: An assessment
"It is always a pleasure to open it and I know of no more helpful guide to the mysteries of British politics." - JA rgen Sevaldsen, University of Copenhagen 'It is multi-authored and is able therefore to cover a wider range of topics - social, economic and European policy."...make generous use of diagrams, tables, charts and boxed inserts. These enliven the text, facilitate the assimilation of information and, by pithy and provocative comment, help badger the sleepy mind. Equally welcome... accompanying websites with useful lists of web-based resources. For a computer-savvy generation this is becoming an indispensable aid.'"The Times Higher, November 2004"