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The Routledge Handbook of British Politics and Society

Edited By

Mark Garnett

ISBN 9780367494810
Published December 13, 2021 by Routledge
338 Pages 12 B/W Illustrations

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Book Description

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.

Table of Contents


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

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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.