The Transformation of British Politics, 1860-1995 / Edition 1

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The British political system, though often criticized, has been the model and the inspiration for many national governments world-wide. It is the center of controversial debate within Britain itself. Yet over the 130 years since Bagehot wrote his English Constitution, no historian has investigated in depth how it has evolved in all its dimensions, and few political scientists have looked further back than the Second World War. This is the first book to provide a detailed explanation of how the British political system came to acquire the form it has today.
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"...Succeeds in filling the gap between historians hesitant to address contemporary concerns and political scientists who give an insufficiently broad context for events. Sophisticated enough for scholars, it also offers insights to students and general readers interested in the roots of current concerns."--History

"...Transformation is a challenging but rewarding reconstruction of "a living Constitution" that leaves all historians of modern Britain in its debt; no doubt a resurrected Bagehot would be fascinated by this account of its continuous evolution."--Albion

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780198731214
  • Publisher: Oxford University Press, USA
  • Publication date: 8/28/1996
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 632
  • Lexile: 1610L (what's this?)
  • Product dimensions: 6.20 (w) x 9.21 (h) x 1.34 (d)

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Table of Contents

Introduction 1
1 Bagehot's system 13
2 Empire and welfare 55
3 Fragmentation and union 85
4 County and borough 115
5 Rights and liberties 133
6 Interests and pressures 157
7 Co-ordinating opinion 181
8 Assessing opinion 219
9 Articulating opinion 245
10 Power and decision 277
11 Administration and execution 297
12 Symbolism and ceremony 317
13 The British political system in the 1990s 349
14 International perspectives 385
15 Cultural prerequisites 411
Notes 433
Further reading 503
A British political calendar 1860-1995 516
Index of persons 567
General index 583
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