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Now updated to cover New Labor's full first term and the 2002 General Election and ensuing changes, the latest version of the leading undergraduate student textbook brings together a set of specially-commissioned chapters focusing on the key features of British Politics under Blair.

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Focuses on the extent to which globalization, devolution, and the impact of European integration have made multi-level governance a central characteristic of UK politics. Assesses what is "new" about New Labor, and discusses major changes in constitutional arrangements, government institutions, and public policy. The changing roles and character of media, political participation, citizenship, and culture are highlighted. A conclusion assesses the nature and challenges of policy-making in a multi-level polity. For undergraduate students. Dunleavy teaches government at the London School of Economics. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780333973899
  • Publisher: Palgrave Macmillan
  • Publication date: 9/6/2002
  • Edition description: Revised Edition
  • Edition number: 6
  • Pages: 368
  • Product dimensions: 6.12 (w) x 9.32 (h) x 0.78 (d)

Meet the Author

Patrick Dunleavy is Professor of Government at the London School of Economics.

Andrew Gamble is Professor of Politics at the University of Sheffield.

Richard Heffernan is Lecturer in Government and Politics at the Open University.

Ian Holliday is Professor of Policy Studies at the City University of Hong Kong.

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Table of Contents

List of Figures, Tables and Boxes x
Preface xii
Acknowledgements xiii
Notes on the Contributors xiv
1 Introduction 1
At the heart of Europe? 1
A new constitutional settlement? 4
Which way for British parties? 6
Conclusion 8
2 A New Politics? 10
A 'new politics' 10
The 'old politics' 13
A second 'consensus' 16
The Third Way 19
New political alliances 21
The Conservatives in opposition 22
Political divisions 24
The changing structure of politics 26
Conclusion 28
3 Towards Multi-Level Governance 29
The challenge of multi-level governance 30
Developing the differentiated polity: the Conservatives' legacy and Labour's programme 34
Governance: unresolved tensions in British polity 39
Conclusion 44
4 Britain, the EU and the Euro 47
The EU and British politics 48
The 'British' position in Europe 49
The electoral environment: the public's position on Europe 53
The elite context: the emerging pro- and anti-euro camps 58
Inter-party competition: a new cleavage in the British party system? 59
Interest groups, the media and the 'No' and 'Yes' campaigns 62
The 1999 European Parliament election 64
Conclusion 67
5 The Law and the Constitution 69
The changing structure of the British state 69
The constitutional agenda 76
The efficiency of the legal system 81
Conclusion 87
6 Executives and Administrations 88
The UK core executive 88
The EU executive 98
The devolved executives 100
The administrative dimension 102
Conclusion 105
7 Legislatures and Assemblies 108
The new institutions 109
Composition of the new institutions 112
Procedures and structures 115
Modernizing Westminster 118
Ignoring Westminster 122
The European Parliament 124
Conclusion 125
8 Elections and Party Politics 127
Political alignments and party performance since 1997 127
Electoral system change 138
The changing dynamics of Britain's multiple party systems 146
Conclusions 150
9 Political Parties: Adapting to the Electoral Market 151
Changing models of party organization 152
Party competition and political marketing 154
The changing balance of power within parties 158
Developments in party funding 165
Conclusion 168
10 New Media, New Politics 169
The media market in the UK 171
Party communications in the new media environment 180
Conclusion 183
11 Political Participation and Protest 185
Voting and the increased plurality of political parties in Britain 185
Protest and demonstration 188
Participation of women and ethnic minorities 191
Democratic innovations 194
Electronic participation 196
Social capital: rise or fall? 199
Conclusion 201
12 Citizenship and Culture 203
The death and funeral of Diana, Princess of Wales 203
Models of citizenship 206
Culture and political culture 208
Citizenship and political culture in Labour government policy 211
Conclusion 218
13 Economic Policy 219
Policy rules: limiting the room for manoeuvre 220
Public spending control and targeting 228
The Treasury under Brown 231
The euro: continuity and change 234
Conclusion 236
14 Welfare Policy 238
The policy planning framework 238
The Third Way 242
The ideological framework 244
Rebuilding public services 246
Welfare-to-work and social exclusion 251
Conclusion: a new social policy? 254
15 Environmental Policy 257
Environmentalism metamorphoses into sustainability 258
Environmental policy integration 260
Barriers to 'joined-up' policy-making 266
Transport: a policy mess? 268
Conflicting policy paradigm 269
Energy: the dangers of serendipitous policy-making? 271
Conclusion 274
16 Foreign and Defence Policy 276
Labour's foreign policy intentions 277
Multiple actors in foreign policy 278
Policy dilemmas: arms' trade issues 280
The Strategic Defence Review 282
Continuing crises with Iraq 283
Kosovo 285
Conclusion: ethical issues and measures of success 286
17 Policy Agendas in a Multi-Level Polity 290
Setting agendas: agency 293
Setting agendas: structure 294
Policy competences 296
Parties and governments 299
Interests 303
Ideas 305
Guide to Further Reading 308
Bibliography 317
Index 344
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