The years since New Labour came to power in 1997 have seen changes to the British institutions of political power on an unprecedented scale. The reforms have been widespread, ranging from devolution of power in Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland, to the reform of the House of Lords and the changing role of the Monarchy. This book is the first to examine these changes collectively and in detail, placing each in its historical context, analysing problems, solutions and what the future holds for this ambitious period of reforms.
The book is comprehensive in coverage, and accessibly written. As such it should be the ideal resource for undergraduate students of British Politics seeking to make sense of this complex subject.
Table of Contents
Part 1: The Legacy of History 1. Historical background Part 2: Issues of Identity and Territory 2. Nationalism and Devolution 3. The Irish Question 4. The Issue of Scotland 5. The Meaning of Wales 6. The English Question Part 3: Modernising Government 7. Modernising Central Government 8. Modernising Local Government Part 4: Other Forms of Institutional Modernisation 9. Redefining the Monarchy and the Crown 10. Reforming The House of Lords 11. Modernising The House of Commons 12. Transforming the Legal System Part 5: New Rules, Methods and Political Relationships 13. Changing the Rules of the Political Game 14. Adjusting the Methods of Democratic Decision Making 15. The People, Society and the State Part 6: A Reformed United Kingdom with a European Future 16. The European Union and Other Challenges 17. Cumulative Change and Dynamic Outlook
'An impressive text ... frequently entertaining. An excellent contribution which deserves a place on the library shelves for its comprehensive as well as detailed coverage of the more elusive as well as obvious topics.' - Parliamentary Affairs