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5th Edition

The British Polity

ISBN 9780321216663
Published February 9, 2010 by Routledge
496 Pages

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Book Description

The British Polity is an engaging and comprehensive survey of the structure and process of British government. Offering an insider's analysis, Philip Norton examines the debates surrounding Britain's political history and culture, constitution, parties and elections, branches of government, media, and relations with the European Union. Throughout, The British Polity follows a theme of continuity and change that draws on historical and institutional knowledge and that helps to explain contemporary British politics.

Table of Contents

PART I. INTRODUCTION  Chapter 1. The Contemporary Landscape  Chapter 2. The Political Culture  Chapter 3. Past and Present: Historical Perspective and Legacies  PART II. POLITICAL ENVIRONMENT  Chapter 4. The Uncodified Constitution  Chapter 5. The Electoral System: Campaigns, Voting, and Voters  Chapter 6. Political Parties: More or Less than a Two-Party System?  Chapter 7. Interest Groups: Insiders or Outsiders?  PART III. GOVERNMENTAL DECISION MAKING  Chapter 8. The Executive: Government at the Center  Chapter 9.  The European Union: Government Above the Center  Chapter 10. The New Assemblies: Government Beyond the Center  Chapter 11. Local Government: Government Below the Center  PART IV. SCRUTINY AND LEGITIMATION  Chapter 12. Parliament: Commons and Lords  Chapter 13. The Monarchy: Above the Fray?  PART V. ENFORCEMENT AND FEEDBACK  Chapter 14. Enforcement: The Courts and the Police  Chapter 15. Communication and Feedback: The Mass Media  PART VI. CONCLUSION  Chapter 16. Future directions: The Polity Under challenge

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Philip Norton (Lord Norton of Louth) is Professor of Government and Director of the Center for Legislative Studies at the University of Hull. He also serves in the House of Lords.