1st Edition

The Routledge Handbook of British Politics and Society

Edited By Mark Garnett Copyright 2020
    338 Pages 12 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

    338 Pages 12 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

    The Routledge Handbook of British Politics and Society conducts a rigorous, innovative and distinctive analysis of the relationship between British politics and society, emphasizing that the UK is now far from a monolithic, and unshifting, entity.

    Examining the subject matter with unrivalled breadth and depth, it highlights and interrogates key contemporary debates on the future of the UK, the nature of 'Britishness', and the merits of multiculturalism, as well as contemporary criticisms of traditional institutions and the nature of representative democracy itself. Including contributions from key authors in their respective fields who bring their authority to bear on the task of outlining the current state of the art in British Studies, the book provides a fresh examination of the contrasts and the continuities across the whole field of British Politics and Society, while setting out agendas for future research.

    The Routledge Handbook of British Politics and Society will be essential reading and an authoritative reference for scholars, students, researchers and practitioners involved in, and actively concerned about, research on British politics, society and culture.


    Mark Garnett

    Part I: Institutions and Practice

    1. The Core Executive

    Peter Dorey

    2. The Civil Service

    Martin Smith and David Richards

    3. UK Parliament

    Louise Thompson

    4. The Judiciary

    Thomas Adams

    5. Political Parties in Britain

    Alexander Oaten and Peter Kerr

    6. Elections and Voting

    David Denver and Rob Johns

    7. Media

    Brian McNair

    8. Politics and the Police: Recent developments in police governance and current issues surrounding police service delivery in England and Wales

    Barry Loveday

    Part II: Issues

    9. Britain in the World

    Stephen Barber

    10. Economic Policy

    Simon Lee

    11. Social Policy

    Hugh Bochel

    Part III: Politics and Society

    12. Gender and Political Representation

    Elizabeth Evans

    13. Ethnic Diversity

    Timothy Peace and Nasar Meer

    14. Politics in England

    Colin Copus

    15. England: The North-South Divide

    Arianna Giovannini and Jonathan Rose

    16. Scotland: Society and Culture

    Murray Stewart Leith and Duncan Sim

    17. Scottish and UK Politics: Convergence and Divergence

    Duncan McTavish and Mark Garnett

    18. Wales: Culture and Society

    Martin Wright

    19. Politics in Wales since Devolution

    Diana Stirbu and Laura McAllister

    20. The Politics of Northern Ireland

    Neil Matthews and James Pow

    21. Northern Ireland: Society and culture

    Katy Hayward and Cathal McManus


    Mark Garnett is Senior Lecturer in British Politics at Lancaster University, UK.

    "This is a particularly timely publication which deserves to be taken seriously. The key aspects of British politics are analysed in a rigorous and systematic way by leading experts. I wish it well."

    Kevin Hickson, University of Liverpool, UK.

    "Not much is certain or fixed in British politics any longer. This book draws on a wide range of intellectual sources and different kinds of expertise to make sense of what is going on. The authors provide an essential and illuminating guide to political change in modern Britain."

    Andrew Gamble, University of Sheffield, UK.

    "Comprehensive but approachable, this wide-ranging collection deserves to be read by anyone wanting to understand the UK's ever-changing political landscape."

    Tim Bale, Queen Mary University of London, UK.