Great Britain: Decline or Renewal? / Edition 1

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This thoughtful introduction to British politics explores a country undergoing a painful transition as the twenty-first century approaches. Informed throughout by a comparative public policy perspective, this book surveys British policy, institutions, and behavior since World War II. Donley Studlar analyzes challenges facing contemporary Britain and suggests the likely official responses in areas ranging from constitutional change to foreign policy. Considering issues such as domestic economic and social welfare policy, Studlar also looks at noneconomic regulation of individual behavior and group relations—especially as it applies to minorities. Weaving together a wealth of material, Studlar assesses the future course of Britain at a crucial time in its development.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780813315096
  • Publisher: Westview Press
  • Publication date: 5/28/1996
  • Series: Nations of the Modern World Series
  • Edition description: REV
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 272
  • Lexile: 1600L (what's this?)
  • Product dimensions: 6.07 (w) x 9.20 (h) x 0.81 (d)

Meet the Author

Donley Studlar is Eberly Family Distinguished Professor of Political Science at West Virginia University. Since 1994, he has served as executive secretary of the British Politics Group.
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Table of Contents

List of Figures and Tables
List of Acronyms
1 Introduction: Continuity and Change 1
2 Britain in Historical and Geographical Context 16
3 The Development of Political Institutions 36
4 Political Forces: Organizations and Individuals 66
5 British Foreign Policy: From Great Power to European Periphery 105
6 Economic Policy: From Industrial Giant to Britaly 132
7 Social Welfare Policy: From Leader to Laggard 165
8 Social Regulatory Policies: From Public Morality to Social Permissiveness 187
9 Change and Institutional Adaptation in the United Kingdom 212
Further Reading 227
Bibliography 229
About the Book and Author 227
Index 249
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