ISBN-10:
0801318440
ISBN-13:
9780801318443
Pub. Date:
12/11/2000
Publisher:
Longman
The British Polity / Edition 4

The British Polity / Edition 4

by Philip Norton

Paperback

Current price is , Original price is $88.0. You

Temporarily Out of Stock Online

Please check back later for updated availability.

This item is available online through Marketplace sellers.

Overview

Norton, Philip, The British Polity, 4th Edition*\ The British Polity is a remarkably lucid, accessible, and thoroughly updated revision of Philip Norton's highly-praised book on the institutions and processes, continuity and change of British politics. Among other topics, its comprehensive coverage examines: political history, the British electoral system, the prime minister, cabinet committees, political parties, interest groups, Parliament, the monarchy, relations with the European Community, and mass media. For those interested in British politics.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780801318443
Publisher: Longman
Publication date: 12/11/2000
Edition description: Older Edition
Pages: 496
Product dimensions: 5.94(w) x 9.01(h) x 1.03(d)

Table of Contents

Illustrations and Tablesxi
Prefacexiii
About the Authorxvii
Useful Internet Sitesxix
Part IIntroduction1
Chapter 1The Contemporary Landscape3
Land and Population4
Linguistic and Racial Differences7
Religion9
Class11
Education14
Marriage and Family17
Employment18
Personal Wealth and Taxation20
Conclusion21
Notes22
Chapter 2The Political Culture23
Political Socialization24
The Political Culture28
A Declining Civic Culture?35
Notes38
Chapter 3Past and Present: Historical Perspective and Contemporary Problems41
Historical Perspective42
British Economic Decline?54
Notes58
Part IIThe Political Environment61
Chapter 4The Uncodified Constitution63
Forms of Expression64
Sources65
Means of Amendment68
Interpretation69
Main Provisions69
The Changing Constitution76
Conclusion80
Notes81
Chapter 5The Electoral System: Campaigns, Voting, and Voters83
The Electoral Structure85
Voting Behavior102
The Current Debate111
Notes119
Chapter 6Political Parties: More or Less Than a Two-Party System?123
The Parties in Britain124
Third Parties149
Decline in Party Support159
Notes165
Chapter 7Interest Groups: Insiders or Outsiders?169
Types of Interest Groups170
The Development of Interest Groups172
Relations with Government180
The Period of Conservative Government, 1979-1997186
Explanations of Group Behavior191
The Current Debate195
Conclusion197
Notes197
Part IIIGovernmental Decision Making201
Chapter 8The Executive: Government at the Center203
The Structure204
The Current Debate228
Conclusion236
Notes237
Chapter 9The European Union: Government Above the Center239
From Community to Union240
Institutions of the EU249
Elections to the European Parliament253
The Current Debate255
Conclusion259
Notes260
Chapter 10The New Assemblies: Government Beyond the Center261
Scotland and Wales262
Northern Ireland270
Regional Government in England284
The Current Debate285
Conclusion287
Notes288
Chapter 11Local Government: Government Below the Center289
The Changing Structure of Local Government289
Elections and Members294
Powers and Finance296
The Current Debate299
Notes301
Part IVScrutiny and Legitimation303
Chapter 12Parliament: Commons and Lords305
The House of Commons308
Links with the Citizen328
The House of Lords331
The Current Debate339
Conclusion344
Notes345
Chapter 13The Monarchy: Above the Fray?347
The Current Debate351
Conclusion361
Notes362
Part VEnforcement and Feedback363
Chapter 14Enforcement: the Courts and the Police365
The Judicial System367
The Police Force375
The Current Debate382
Conclusion386
Notes387
Chapter 15Communication and Feedback: the Mass Media389
The Press and Broadcasting in Britain390
A New Source: The Internet394
Political Influence395
The Current Debate401
Conclusion406
Notes406
Part VIConclusion409
Chapter 16Flux and Strength: a Book with Two Themes411
The Extent of Change412
Demands for Change412
The Liberal Approach419
The Traditional Approach421
The External Challenges426
Conclusion427
Notes427
Select Reading List429
Glossary437
Index445

Customer Reviews

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

See All Customer Reviews