Essentials of British Politics Today


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Short, yet comprehensive. Completely up to date. Great value for money textbook by two established scholars .

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780719079399
  • Publisher: Manchester University Press
  • Publication date: 3/15/2010
  • Series: Politics Today Series
  • Edition number: 6
  • Pages: 272
  • Product dimensions: 6.10 (w) x 9.10 (h) x 1.00 (d)

Meet the Author

Bill Jones is Research Fellow in the Department of Government at the University of Manchester

Dennis Kavanagh is Professor of Politics at the University of Liverpool

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Table of Contents

List of figures, tables and boxes viii

Preface xi

1 Defining politics, government and democracy 1

2 An overview of the British political system 6

3 The historical development of British government 13

4 The social and economic context of British government 24

5 Political culture in Britain 37

6 The changing constitution 48

7 Political ideas 56

8 The role of pressure groups 72

9 Political parties 82

10 Legislature I: monarchy and the House of Lords 93

11 Legislature II: the House of Commons 104

12 Devolution 118

13 The executive I: Cabinet, Prime Minister and the 'core executive' 133

14 The executive II: ministers and the civil service 148

15 The media in British politics I: the 'mainstream' media 159

16 The media in British politics II: influence, bias and the new media 171

17 Voting behaviour in Britain 182

18 Local government I: provenance and decline 198

19 Local government II: revival? 209

20 The judiciary and politics 218

21 The European Union and British politics 233

22 Policy-making in British government 249

23 British and US government and politics compared 266

24 Britain and the world 281

Index 292

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