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Overview

The comprehensively revised and updated third edition provides a lively and concise introduction to political, economic and social life in Britain. It offers an ideal starting point for students and general readers looking for an introduction to contemporary Britain that is readable, informative, sophisticated and thought-provoking.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780230002142
  • Publisher: Palgrave Macmillan
  • Publication date: 10/16/2007
  • Series: Contemporary States and Societies Series
  • Edition description: Second Edition
  • Edition number: 2
  • Pages: 272
  • Product dimensions: 7.10 (w) x 8.61 (h) x 0.61 (d)

Meet the Author

John McCormick is Jean Monnet Professor of European Union Politics at the Indianapolis campus of Indiana University in the United States. His other books include European Union Politics and Comparative Politics in Transition.

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Table of Contents

List of Illustrations, Maps, Figures, Tables and Boxes
Preface and Acknowledgments
List of Abbreviations
Introduction 1
1 The Historical Context 7
2 Land and People 32
3 The Social System 59
4 Politics and Government 85
5 Civil Society 112
6 The Economy 139
7 Culture and Lifestyle 168
8 Britain and the World 193
Conclusions 219
Recommended Reading 223
Britain Online 227
Bibliography 229
Index 237
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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 1, 2008

    A hymn of praise to Thatcher and the European Union

    John McCormick is Professor and Chair of the Department of Political Science at Indiana University Purdue University Indianapolis (IUPUI). Brought up in Kenya, he went to private school in Britain, university in South Africa, and has lived in the USA since 1986. He aims to give a brief and accessible account of Britain, but is not objective. As he writes, the book makes two core arguments, that claims of decline are overblown, and that our future lies with the European Union. His chapters cover Britain¿s history, land and people, social system, government, politics and civil society, the economy, culture and lifestyle, and Britain and the world. He notes and applauds the recent rise in immigration from the new EU member states. He distinguishes classes by the kind of work done, i.e. both manual and non-manual workers have to work for a living. So `middle class¿ is just a posh, banal, term for non-manual workers. He argues that social mobility is increasing, and then cites evidence that proves that it isn¿t. His is the conventional, establishment, point of view. He describes the trade union movement as an interest group, and does not even mention industry in the index. He claims that there have been three big influences on post-war Britain - the end of empire, the EU and Thatcherism - and concludes, ¿the changes that have come out of these three broad forces have been overwhelmingly positive.¿ His blatant passion for Thatcher and capitalism leads straight to his passion for the EU. He sums up, ¿Whether they like it or not, and many do not, the British are daily being further integrated into the networks that have pulled the states of Europe closer together since the early 1950s. European law permeates British law. European policy plays a central role in areas as diverse as agriculture, consumer protection, the environment, fisheries, trade, transport and working conditions ¿ Eventual membership of the euro is all but inevitable, as are the creation of a European military force and the development of common European foreign and security policies.¿ He is one of the chorus driving us into ever closer union `whether we like it or not¿. But we do not like it, and we do not accept it.

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