The revised and updated eighth edition of the bestselling textbook Politics UK is an indispensible introduction to British politics. It provides a thorough and accessible overview of the institutions and processes of British government, a good grounding in British political history and an incisive introduction to the issues facing Britain today. With contributed chapters from respected scholars in the field and contemporary articles on real-world politics from well-known political commentators, this textbook is an essential guide for students of British politics. The eighth edition welcomes brand new material from eight new contributors to complement the rigorously updated and highly valued chapters retained from the previous edition.
The eighth edition includes:
· Britain in context boxes offering contrasting international perspectives of themes in British politics.
· A comprehensive 'who's who' of politics in the form of Profile boxes featuring key political figures.
· And another thing … pieces: short articles written by distinguished commentators including Jonathan Powell, Michael Moran and Mark Garnett.
· Fully updated chapters plus new material providing excellent coverage of contemporary political events including: The Leveson Inquiry, the aftermath of the 2011 riots and the House of Lords reform.
· A vibrant and accessible new design to excite and engage students as the work through a variety of political topics.
· A new epilogue to the book offering a critical perspective of the trials and tribulations of the Coalition Government, including an overview of the major differences that divide the coalition partners.
'…it is an excellent book … The material is easy to engage with and well written, even on complicated subjects …' Dr David S. Moon, University of Liverpool
'… highly informative, authoritative and up to date, and I'm sure that it will be of great use to entry-level students.' Professor Paul Webb, University of Sussex
'… a good balance between established debates regarding aspects of the British political system on the one hand, and key developments and events on the other …' Dr Joanna McKay, Nottingham Trent University
Part I: Context
1. Political Concepts and Perspectives
2. Britain, the World, and Europe
3. The Social and Economic Context
And Another Thing… The Riots of August 2011
Part II: Defining the Political World
4. Ideology and the Liberal Tradition
5. Political Ideas: the Major Parties
6. Political Ideas: Themes and Fringes
And Another Thing… The Declining Reach of the Mainstream Media
Part III: The Representative Process
7. Elections and Voting
8. The Mass Media and Political Communication
9. Parliamentary Representation
10. Pressure Groups
11. Political Parties
And Another Thing… How well has Coalition Government Worked?
[Robert Hazell and Peter Waller]
Before you move on…
Part IV: The Legislative Process
13. The Changing Constitution
14. The Crown
15. The House of Commons at Work
16. The House of Commons under Pressure
17. The House of Lords
And Another Thing… The House of Lords: Reform, Not Elect
Part V: The Executive Process
18. The Core Executive: the Prime Minister and Cabinet
19. Ministers, Departments and Civil Servants
20. Local Government
21. The Judiciary
And Another Thing… Why do Governments always Disappoint?
Part VI: The Policy Process
22. The Policy-Making Process
23. The Politics of Law and Order
24. Social Policy in the UK
25. Economic Policy
26. British Foreign and Defence Policy
27. Britain and the Politics of European Integration
And Another Thing… Can we Buck the Markets?
Epilogue: Coalition Government in the UK: how has it been?