Over the last two decades British politics has undergone a remarkable transformation. While some components of the system have been eroded, such as voter turnout and membership of the big parties, other parts have flourished, such as nationalist parties, the insurgent UKIP, as well as the new media.
British Politics: The Basics analyses these changes and places them within the context of the evolution of British society from absolute monarchy to representative democracy. It considers each of the major components of British politics, such as the Monarchy and the House of Lords, the Commons, voting behaviour, parties and pressure groups, the Prime Minister and Cabinet, devolution, local government, and foreign policy. Its contents include coverage of recent events such as the Scottish Referendum and the 2015 General Election.
This readable and comprehensive introduction will be of key interest to A-level students, undergraduates and those new to the study of British politics.
About the Author
Bill Jones was formerly Director of Extra-Mural Studies at Manchester University 1986-91, Professor of Politics and History at Liverpool Hope University, UK, and is now Senior Honorary Research Fellow at the same university.
Table of Contents
Section 1 Introduction 1 Introductory Overview of British Political System 2 Evolution of the British Political System Section 2 The Political Context 3 Political Culture 4 Social and Economic Context 5 The Unwritten Constitution 6 Political Ideas Section 3 The Mediating Agencies 7 Political parties 8 Pressure Groups 9 The Mass Media Section 4 The Legislature 10 The Monarchy 11 The House of Lords 12 Voting Behaviour 13 House of Commons Section 5 The Executive 14 Prime Minister and Cabinet 15 Ministers and Civil Servants 16 Policy-Making Section 6 Sub-National Government 17 Devolution 18 Local Government: Provenance and Decline 19 The Judiciary and Politics 20 Britain and the World 21 Conclusion: British Politics in Flux Glossary