This revised and updated ninth edition of the bestselling textbook Politics UK is an indispensable 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 and challenges facing Britain today, including the European referendum and Brexit.
The ninth edition welcomes brand new material from seven new contributors to complement the rigorously updated and highly respected chapters retained from the previous edition. It delivers excellent coverage of contemporary events including a new chapter on Euro-scepticism and the European referendum, an assessment of the performance of Labour’s leadership, the trials and tribulations of the Liberal Democrats and UKIP, and the evolving devolution debate in Scotland, led by the Scottish Nationalist Party.
Features of the new edition include:
With chapters written by highly respected scholars in the field and contemporary articles on real-world politics from well-known political commentators, this textbook is an essential guide for all students of British politics.
Politics UK provides a comprehensive and accessible account of the core institutions and mechanics of government, continually placing these in a conceptual context that urges the reader to assess critically the state of Britain today. Its palatable style will appeal to all students of politics, and is an indispensable introduction to the discipline’s core tenets. This revised edition triumphantly reflects on the contemporary issues of the day and, with the uncertainty to the political climate that Brexit brings, is a must on all British politics reading lists.
Dr Sarah Cooper, Lecturer in Politics, University of Exeter, UK
Politics UK provides a solid foundation on the key concepts and themes of British politics for undergraduate students at an American university. My students often begin their course with a cursory knowledge of British politics and thus I need a textbook that immerses them without overwhelming them— and Politics UK delivers exactly that. The material within each chapter of this edited volume provides the most substantial overview of British politics available while remaining accessible to students new to the subject. Of particular note are the inclusion of numerous charts, tables, figures and photographs that let my students 'see' British politics. In terms of comprehensive coverage, appropriate level of writing, helpful supplemental material and timely coverage of contemporary events, there is no better textbook on the market.
Professor Neal Glen Jesse, Department of Political Science, Bowling Green State University, USA
A truly comprehensive and authoritative guide on British politics written by some of the most astute commentators and political scientists on the subject. Up-to-date, well written, great for students starting out and useful for old hands wanting to check their facts.
Professor Keith Dowding, Department of Political Science and International Relations, Australian National University, Australia
Preface, Part I: Context, 1. The Changing Context of UK Politics and Key Concepts in the Study of Politics, Bill Jones, 2. The UK, the World and Europe, Oliver Daddow, 3. The Social and Economic Context, Kevin Hickson and Ben Williams, And Another Thing: Towards a More Equal Society, Richard Wilkinson and Kate Pickett, 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, 7. From Euro-scepticism to Brexit, Bill Jones, And Another Thing: ‘Fake News’ and our ‘Post-truth’ Political World, Bill Jones, Part III: The Representative Process, 8. Elections and Voting, David Denver, 9. The Mass Media and Political Communication, Bill Jones, 10. Parliamentary Representation, Byron Criddle, 11. Pressure Groups, Bill Jones, 12. Political Parties, Danny Rye, 13. Devolution, Russell Deacon, And Another Thing: Is the United Kingdom Doomed? Sir Simon Jenkins, Part IV: The Legislative Process, 14. The Changing Constitution, Philip Norton, 15. The Crown, Philip Norton, 16. The House of Commons at Work, Philip Norton, 17. The House of Commons Under Pressure, Philip Norton, 18. The House of Lords, Philip Norton, And Another Things: Does Britain Need a Federal Constitution? Mark Garnett, Part V: The Executive Process, 19. The Core Executive: Prime Minister and Cabinet, Philip Norton, 20. Ministers, Departments and Civil Servants, Philip Norton, 21. Local Government, Colin Copus, 22. The Judiciary, Philip Norton, And Another Thing: The Generalist Philosophy in British Public Administration, Sir David Omand, Part VI: The Policy Process, 23. The Policy-Making Process, Bill Jones, 24. The Politics of Law and Order, Bill Jones, 25. Social Policy in the UK, Anneliese Dodds, 26. Economic Policy, Wyn Grant, 27. British Foreign and Defence Policy, Bill Jones, 28. Britain and the European Union, Michael Holmes, And Another Thing: Lost an Empire, not yet Found a Role, David Sanders, Afterword: The General Election of 2017, David Denver