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Politics UK

8th Edition

Edited by Bill Jones, Philip Norton

© 2014 – Routledge

610 pages

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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

Table of Contents

Part I: Context

1. Political Concepts and Perspectives

[Bill Jones]

2. Britain, the World, and Europe

[Oliver Daddow]

3. The Social and Economic Context

[Kevin Hickson]

And Another Thing… The Riots of August 2011

[Mark Garnett]

Part II: Defining the Political World

4. Ideology and the Liberal Tradition

[Bill Jones]

5. Political Ideas: the Major Parties

[Bill Jones]

6. Political Ideas: Themes and Fringes

[Bill Jones]

And Another Thing… The Declining Reach of the Mainstream Media

[Peter Ridell]

Part III: The Representative Process

7. Elections and Voting

[David Denver]

8. The Mass Media and Political Communication

[Bill Jones]

9. Parliamentary Representation

[Byron Criddle]

10. Pressure Groups

[Bill Jones]

11. Political Parties

[Richard Kelly]

12. Devolution

[Russell Deacon]

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

[Philip Norton]

14. The Crown

[Philip Norton]

15. The House of Commons at Work

[Philip Norton]

16. The House of Commons under Pressure

[Philip Norton]

17. The House of Lords

[Philip Norton]

And Another Thing… The House of Lords: Reform, Not Elect

[Philip Norton]

Part V: The Executive Process

18. The Core Executive: the Prime Minister and Cabinet

[Philip Norton]

19. Ministers, Departments and Civil Servants

[Philip Norton]

20. Local Government

[Colin Copus]

21. The Judiciary

[Philip Norton]

And Another Thing… Why do Governments always Disappoint?

[Jonathan Powell]

Part VI: The Policy Process

22. The Policy-Making Process

[Bill Jones]

23. The Politics of Law and Order

[Bill Jones]

24. Social Policy in the UK

[Anneliese Dodds]

25. Economic Policy

[Wyn Grant]

26. British Foreign and Defence Policy

[Bill Jones]

27. Britain and the Politics of European Integration

[Michael Holmes]

And Another Thing… Can we Buck the Markets?

[Michael Moran]

Epilogue: Coalition Government in the UK: how has it been?

About the Editors


Bill Jones

Liverpool, , United Kingdom

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Bill Jones is Professor and Lecturer of Politics and History at Liverpool Hope University. He is the author of several well-known textbooks on British politics including the previous seven editions of Politics UK, British Politics Today, Political Issues in Britain Today and The Dictionary of British Politics.

Philip Norton, Lord Norton of Louth, is Professor of Government and Director of the Centre for Legislative Studies at the University of Hull, as well as being a member of the House of Lords. He is the author or editor of 30 books.

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