Developments in British Politics 6, Revised Edition / Edition 6

Developments in British Politics 6, Revised Edition / Edition 6

by Patrick Dunleavy, Andrew Gamble, Richard Heffernan, Ian Holliday
     
 

ISBN-10: 0333973895

ISBN-13: 9780333973899

Pub. Date: 09/06/2002

Publisher: Palgrave Macmillan

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.

Overview

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.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780333973899
Publisher:
Palgrave Macmillan
Publication date:
09/06/2002
Edition description:
Revised Edition
Pages:
368
Product dimensions:
6.12(w) x 9.32(h) x 0.78(d)

Table of Contents

List of Figures, Tables and Boxesx
Prefacexii
Acknowledgementsxiii
Notes on the Contributorsxiv
1Introduction1
At the heart of Europe?1
A new constitutional settlement?4
Which way for British parties?6
Conclusion8
2A New Politics?10
A 'new politics'10
The 'old politics'13
A second 'consensus'16
The Third Way19
New political alliances21
The Conservatives in opposition22
Political divisions24
The changing structure of politics26
Conclusion28
3Towards Multi-Level Governance29
The challenge of multi-level governance30
Developing the differentiated polity: the Conservatives' legacy and Labour's programme34
Governance: unresolved tensions in British polity39
Conclusion44
4Britain, the EU and the Euro47
The EU and British politics48
The 'British' position in Europe49
The electoral environment: the public's position on Europe53
The elite context: the emerging pro- and anti-euro camps58
Inter-party competition: a new cleavage in the British party system?59
Interest groups, the media and the 'No' and 'Yes' campaigns62
The 1999 European Parliament election64
Conclusion67
5The Law and the Constitution69
The changing structure of the British state69
The constitutional agenda76
The efficiency of the legal system81
Conclusion87
6Executives and Administrations88
The UK core executive88
The EU executive98
The devolved executives100
The administrative dimension102
Conclusion105
7Legislatures and Assemblies108
The new institutions109
Composition of the new institutions112
Procedures and structures115
Modernizing Westminster118
Ignoring Westminster122
The European Parliament124
Conclusion125
8Elections and Party Politics127
Political alignments and party performance since 1997127
Electoral system change138
The changing dynamics of Britain's multiple party systems146
Conclusions150
9Political Parties: Adapting to the Electoral Market151
Changing models of party organization152
Party competition and political marketing154
The changing balance of power within parties158
Developments in party funding165
Conclusion168
10New Media, New Politics169
The media market in the UK171
Party communications in the new media environment180
Conclusion183
11Political Participation and Protest185
Voting and the increased plurality of political parties in Britain185
Protest and demonstration188
Participation of women and ethnic minorities191
Democratic innovations194
Electronic participation196
Social capital: rise or fall?199
Conclusion201
12Citizenship and Culture203
The death and funeral of Diana, Princess of Wales203
Models of citizenship206
Culture and political culture208
Citizenship and political culture in Labour government policy211
Conclusion218
13Economic Policy219
Policy rules: limiting the room for manoeuvre220
Public spending control and targeting228
The Treasury under Brown231
The euro: continuity and change234
Conclusion236
14Welfare Policy238
The policy planning framework238
The Third Way242
The ideological framework244
Rebuilding public services246
Welfare-to-work and social exclusion251
Conclusion: a new social policy?254
15Environmental Policy257
Environmentalism metamorphoses into sustainability258
Environmental policy integration260
Barriers to 'joined-up' policy-making266
Transport: a policy mess?268
Conflicting policy paradigm269
Energy: the dangers of serendipitous policy-making?271
Conclusion274
16Foreign and Defence Policy276
Labour's foreign policy intentions277
Multiple actors in foreign policy278
Policy dilemmas: arms' trade issues280
The Strategic Defence Review282
Continuing crises with Iraq283
Kosovo285
Conclusion: ethical issues and measures of success286
17Policy Agendas in a Multi-Level Polity290
Setting agendas: agency293
Setting agendas: structure294
Policy competences296
Parties and governments299
Interests303
Ideas305
Guide to Further Reading308
Bibliography317
Index344

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