9780132696067: Politics UK

The third edition of Politics UK builds on the success of previous editions while bringing the text right up to date with enhanced coverage of contemporary political issues. Written by six leading academic analysts, it embodies the changes wrought by the 1997 general election; the developments in government relating to the institutions of government as well as political culture, the media and political ideas. Divided into seven parts, it opens by analysing the historical context of UK politics, moving on to the contemporary context (social and economic structure, political culture and participation), political ideologies and political concepts before addressing the representative process (elections, voting behaviour, media, parties and pressure groups). Followed by the legislative process (changing constitution, the Crown, the Commons and the Lords), the executive process (Cabinet and Prime Minister, departments and civil servants, central and local government), the Judiciary and the Politics of Law and Order before the book is concluded by chapters on policy (economic, social, environmental, foreign and defence policy, Ireland and Great Britain and European integration).

Improved pedagogy, design, and the use of additional colour provides an attractive, stimulating and accessible key text for students.

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Review:

"It is always a pleasure to open it and I know of no more helpful guide to the mysteries of
British politics." - Jørgen Sevaldsen, University of Copenhagen

'It is multi-authored and is able therefore to cover a  wider range of topics - social, economic and European policy.'

'...make generous use of diagrams, tables, charts and boxed inserts. These enliven the text, facilitate the assimilation of information and, by pithy and provocative comment, help badger the sleepy mind.  Equally welcome... accompanying websites with useful lists of web-based resources.  For a computer-savvy generation this is becoming an indispensable aid.'

The Times Higher, November 2004

 

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POLITICS UK, 5th edtn

This best-selling and highly respected text provides a comprehensive introduction to all aspects of the British polity and political system. Politics UK, fifth edition, covers all of the core elements of an introductory undergraduate and A-level British politics course:  the constitution, social context, political ideology, parliament, Prime Minister and departments, elections and voting behaviour, the media, pressure groups, local government and the judiciary as well as the major policy areas. The material is presented in a consistently clear and lively style, constantly challenging the student and raising thought-provoking issues.

The fifth edition has been thoroughly updated and revised.

CLASSIC FEATURES

* Clearly-written, accessible and authoritative.

* Concluding comments by distinguished guest contributors including Tony Wright MP, Simon Heffer, Professors Ken Newton and Kevin Theakston plus the late Hugo Young of the Guardian.

* Packed with brilliant cartoons by Chris Riddell of The Observer.


* Comprehensive glossary explaining key terms.

* Each chapter contains initial objectives, an introduction and summary, biography and debate boxes, an annotated further reading list plus end-of-chapter discussion points.

* A Companion Website www.booksites.net/jones containing student learning objectives, revision notes and web links as well as a downloadable instructor's manual and updates for the lecturer.

NEW FEATURES

* Covers six years of New Labour in power, with a concluding chapter assessing the Blair government since 1997.


* Every chapter completely updated to take account of changes since the last edition.

* New material on a number of important areas:  the war in Iraq, Northern Ireland peace process, reforms to the Lords and the Judicial system, developments in the devolved assemblies,  June 2003 Cabinet reshuffle and falling turnout in elections.

This text will be suitable for A-level and undergraduate Politics students, as well as general readers interested in the British political system.

 

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