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4th Edition

Exploring British Politics

ISBN 9781138842786
Published May 3, 2016 by Routledge
620 Pages - 2 Color & 42 B/W Illustrations

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Book Description

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

8. Parliament

9. The Judiciary and the Law

Part III: Multi-level Governance

10. The Changing State

11. Local Government to Local Governance

12. Devolution

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

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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