Exploring British Politics is a concise, comprehensive and accessible guide to the subject. Fully updated and revised, the new edition covers the 2015 general election and recent developments in the role of political parties, changes in party ideology, the UK's relationship with the European Union, and the future of the UK itself. Designed to stimulate critical analysis and provoke lively debate, it provides new perspectives on two key themes – the health of British democracy and the transition from traditional models of government to more flexible forms of ‘governance’.
The special features of the new edition include:
- Comprehensive analysis of the 2015 general election and the 2014 referendum on Scottish independence
- A focus on topical controversies, such as the relationship between politicians and the media and the arguments for and against Human Rights legislation
- Explanation of the ways in which British governments have responded to dramatic social change, and to serious economic challenges in an era of ‘globalisation’
- Extensive guides to further reading at the end of each chapter
Whilst it provides the essential historical background for a full understanding of British politics, contemporary issues are to the fore throughout and readers are encouraged to scrutinise what is often taken for granted and to develop their own thoughts and ideas. Whether studying the subject for the first time or revisiting it, Exploring British Politics is the ideal undergraduate text.
Table of Contents
Part I: Context
1. Understanding British Politics
2. Analysing British Politics
3. UK Government in Context: From Attlee to Blair
4. Economy and Society
5. The Media and Communications
Part II: Constitution and Institutions
6. The Constitution
7. The Core Executive
9. The Judiciary and the Law
Part III: Multi-level Governance
10. The Changing State
11. Local Government to Local Governance
13. The UK and the European Union
Part IV: Political Parties
14. UK Party Systems
15. Party Organisation
16. Ideology and Party Competition
Part V: Participation
17. Elections and Electoral Systems
18. Voting Behaviour
19. Participation Beyond Elections
Part VI: Conclusions
20. Governance and Democracy in the UK
Mark Garnett is Senior Lecturer in Politics and International Relations at Lancaster University, UK. He has published numerous books and articles on British politics and is a regular media commentator.
Philip Lynch is Senior Lecturer in Politics in the Department of Politics and International Relations at the University of Leicester, UK.
"Exploring British Politics provides a thoughtful and timely evaluation of developments in contemporary British politics. This updated edition is an indispensable resource for students and tutors of British politics. The book provides a focused, detailed and stimulating critical analysis of the dynamics of politics in Britain today." - Dr Samantha Wolstencroft, Manchester Metropolitan University, UK.
"This updated edition remains a must-have volume for every student of British politics. Garnett and Lynch have a clear, accessible style, allowing you to go from a novice to an expert in just a few hundred pages." - Dr Louise Thompson, University of Surrey, UK.
"Exploring British Politics provides a balanced, in-depth evaluation of contemporary UK politics. Garnett and Lynch’s book has become one of the essential tools for effective study of British politics at A-level and university." – Dr Matt Beech, University of Hull, UK