Contemporary British Politics and Government

Author: Phil Cocker,Alistair Jones

Publisher: Liverpool Academic Press

ISBN: 9781903499832

Category: Political Science

Page: 598

View: 3739

There is an argument that the study of British Politics is in decline; that it is being surpassed by much more sexy subjects such as globalisation or international relations, or regional studies - be it Europe, the Americas or South East Asia. Despite this gloomy outlook, there is a need for the study of British Politics. Rather than it being the entire degree, it might need to be part of a bigger package - be it in Politics or Government. It is also part of the study of Citizenship - and a key component at that. Yet the study of British Politics should go much further. Somebody studying business, for example, ought to have an awareness of the fundamentals of British Politics. Such knowledge may give a greater awareness of the role and function of the public sector, or sources of start-up funds for new businesses. The list goes on. So the study of British Politics is very important. This book attempts to encapsulate much of what is taught in a Politics syllabus. It also includes other areas of politics, which students of British Politics might not consider important. To those studying law, history, business and citizenship - to name but four subjects - this book draws in aspects of your subjects and links them to the politics of the United Kingdom.

Contemporary British Politics

Author: Bill Coxall,Lynton Robins,Robert Leach

Publisher: Macmillan International Higher Education

ISBN: 1349148210

Category: Great Britain

Page: 452

View: 1247

The third edition of this leading textbook has been comprehensively updated and substantially revised to provide the first definitive introduction to British politics and government under New Labour. As well as according greater attention to the growing role of the European Union in British politics, this edition contains systematic comparisons between constitutional arrangements in the United Kingdom and in other leading democratic political systems. The book has been substantially redesigned with the addition of many new features.

Euroscepticism in Contemporary British Politics

Opposition to Europe in the Conservative and Labour Parties since 1945

Author: Anthony Forster

Publisher: Routledge

ISBN: 1134445512

Category: Political Science

Page: 168

View: 1308

Anthony Forster argues that euroscepticism, in addition to being a political stance, displays the seeds of becoming a new faith. Through a detailed analysis of British post-war politics, he shows the development of a core set of beliefs, a history of persecution, displays of moral rectitude in opposing Europe and the power of scepticism to change existing beliefs. This challenging new history of euroscepticism will be a valuable resource for undergraduate students of politics and European studies.

The Oxford Handbook of Modern British Political History, 1800-2000

Author: David Brown,Robert Crowcroft,Gordon Pentland

Publisher: Oxford University Press

ISBN: 0198714890

Category: History

Page: 624

View: 7402

The two centuries after 1800 witnessed a series of sweeping changes in the way in which Britain was governed, the duties of the state, and its role in the wider world. Powerful processes--from the development of democracy, the changing nature of the social contract, war, and economic dislocation--have challenged, and at times threatened to overwhelm, both governors and governed. Such shifts have also presented challenges to the historians who have researched and written about Britain's past politics. This Handbook shows the ways in which political historians have responded to these challenges, providing a snapshot of a field which has long been at the forefront of conceptual and methodological innovation within historical studies. It comprises thirty-three thematic essays by leading and emerging scholars in the field. Collectively, these essays assess and rethink the nature of modern British political history itself and suggest avenues and questions for future research. The Oxford Handbook of Modern British Political History thus provides a unique resource for those who wish to understand Britain's political past and a thought-provoking 'long view' for those interested in current political challenges.

Principles and Politics in Contemporary Britain

Author: Mark Garnett

Publisher: Andrews UK Limited

ISBN: 1845407261

Category: Political Science

Page: 312

View: 646

This book shows the importance of political ideas in policy-making and demonstrates the extent to which pragmatic considerations preclude the imposition of rigid ideological programmes. It charts the decline of the postwar British 'consensus', the changing face of both the Conservative and Labour parties under the long shadow of Thatcherism, and the growing emergence of single issue policies such as environmentalism and feminism. With an extensive bibliography and suggested seminar and essay topics, Principles and Politics can be used on any course which focuses on contemporary British politics as well as having general appeal to those interested in looking at the contemporary political and ideological debate in the context of wider issues and trends. This second edition is completely revised and updated.

British Politics: A Critical Introduction

Author: Stuart McAnulla

Publisher: A&C Black

ISBN: 9780826461551

Category: Political Science

Page: 211

View: 9818

This book provides students with a critical introduction to the British political system and the context of contemporary British policy making. Too often the importance of interpretation, to any understanding of British politics is neglected. Attention to conveying factual information takes precedence over developing theoretical understandings. This book is different, in that it provides an account of British politics that is conceptually and theoretically driven. It not only outlines the key features of British politics but which also provides critical perspectives on them. McAnulla uses particular concepts and theories to illuminate the key dynamics of British politics i.e. to the ideas, practices and relationships that sustain the political system. Particular attention is devoted to understanding contemporary developments through an appreciation of the traditional dynamics of British politics. >

The Modern British Party System

Author: Paul Webb

Publisher: SAGE

ISBN: 1446265862

Category: Political Science

Page: 320

View: 2837

`This is a really excellent book, the best on British parties that I have read in recent years. Paul Webb utilises the latest research and modern analytical techniques to provide a sophisticated study of parties and the party system which is packed with information. It is a major contribution not just to the literature on British politics but also to the comparative literature on political parties' - David Denver, Lancaster University `Paul Webb's new book is likely to remain the standard work on the British party system for years to come' - Peter Mair, University of Leiden `A landmark study. I cannot commend this book too highly to teachers of British politics, students and professional analysts alike' - Ian Budge, University of Essex `An excellent book that will be much quoted by scholars in future years' - Alan Ware, Oxford University `Paul Webb provides the most comprehensive and well-documented analysis of the programmatic and organizational changes in the British party system. His conclusion that British parties remain critically important to the functioning of democracy is strengthened by his comparative approach. This book is a major contribution to the study of British party politics' - Patrick Seyd, University of Sheffield Providing a complete up-to-date overview of the changing nature of contemporary party politics in Britain, this book draws on models of comparative politics and the latest empirical analysis to explain the capacity of British parties to adapt to a changing political environment. A number of broad themes include: the nature and extent of party competition; the internal life and organizational development of parties; the variety of evolving party systems in the United Kingdom; and the links between parties and the wider political system. The current weaknesses of party performance are addressed, and the scope of reform explained and examined. Contrary to claims of 'decline', however, the book demonstrates that party politics remain essentially vibrant and intrinsic to modern British democracy. The Modern British Party System will be an essential text for all students of contemporary British politics, parties and party systems.

Documents on Contemporary British Government: Volume 1, British Government and Constitutional Change

Author: Martin Minogue

Publisher: CUP Archive

ISBN: 9780521291484

Category: Political Science

Page: 413

View: 4751

Originally published in 1977, this selection of documents is carefully arranged and edited to illustrate the main characteristics of the British system of government during a period of extensive constitutional and administrative change. The intention is to give students a direct knowledge of the basic materials upon which the study of British government is founded, and to demonstrate the vitality and significance of primary sources to which the student often has little access or guidance. Since the material is drawn principally from the late 1960s and the early 1970s, constitutional and governmental developments at this time are well documented. This volumes filled a clear gap in the field and will even today, not only be an invaluable complement to existing textbooks on this period, but may be used by teachers to complement their own courses and lectures. The book is aimed at students in universities and all institutions of higher and further education for courses on British government and politics, British public administration and British constitutional history.

British Politics Today

Author: Colin Hay

Publisher: Polity

ISBN: 9780745623191

Category: Political Science

Page: 320

View: 7717

Written by a distinguished group of internationally renowned scholars, this volume provides a comprehensive and contemporary overview of the major issues dominating British politics. The book not only maps the current political agenda, but actively contributes to the debates surrounding British politics in the international community at the beginning of the twenty-first century. British Politics Today examines key developments in British politics such as the shift in focus by parties away from their traditional voting base towards 'consumers' at large, and the rise in identity voting following devolution. The book is characterized by a broad and inclusive conception of British politics, resolutely refusing to reduce political analysis to a narrowly conceived sphere of government, and it explores contemporary British political developments in the broader context of European, international and global dynamics. Some of the major issues discussed include the Belfast agreement, Britain's future in Europe, the political economy of contemporary Britain, the representation of women within the British polity, the politics of welfare reform, and the ethics of foreign policy. This collection provides a valuable teaching resource for courses on British politics, as well as a crucial focus for debate by academics and researchers in this dynamic field. It will be essential reading for all those interested in the political science, political economy and political sociology of contemporary Britain.

Women and European Politics

Contemporary Feminism and Public Policy

Author: Joni Lovenduski

Publisher: Univ of Massachusetts Press

ISBN: 9780870235085

Category: Femininism

Page: 320

View: 5572

Documents on Contemporary British Government: Volume 2, Local Government in Britain

Author: Martin Minogue

Publisher: CUP Archive

ISBN: 9780521291477

Category: Political Science

Page: 470

View: 5154

This book, originally published in 1977, is comprised of a selection of documents which have been carefully arranged and edited to illustrate the main characteristics of local government systems in Britain during a period of extensive reform and reorganisation. The intention was to give students a direct knowledge of the basic materials upon which the study of local government and its reorganisation could be founded, and to demonstrate the vitality and significance of primary sources. The material is drawn principally from the decade preceding publication, and is arranged to document reorganisation in Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland, as well as in England. Together with the companion volume British Government and Constitutional Change, this book was aimed as university courses in British government and politics and could be used to illuminate historical aspects of such courses today.

Understanding Political Ideas and Movements

Author: Kevin Harrison,Tony Boyd

Publisher: Manchester University Press

ISBN: 9780719061516

Category: Political Science

Page: 360

View: 8343

Underpinned by the work of major thinkers such as Marx, Locke, Weber, Hobbes and Foucault, the first half of the book looks at political concepts including: the state and sovereignty; the nation; democracy; representation and legitimacy; freedom; equiality and rights; obligation; and citizenship. There is also a specific chapter which addresses the role of ideology in the shaping of politics and society. The second half of the book addresses traditional theoretical subjects such as socialism, Marxism and nationalism, before moving on to more contemporary movements such as environmentalism, ecologism and feminism.

Britain and the European Union

Author: Alistair Jones

Publisher: Edinburgh University Press

ISBN: 1474411797

Category: Political Science

Page: 272

View: 5293

This updated guide examines the different relationships between the various tiers of government in the UK and the EU, and how the EU's powers affect the UK, from a range of perspectives. It evaluates the role of the media, political parties, pressure groups, social media and the ever-changing position of public opinion, and places the relationship in its historical context to show how it has evolved over time. Each chapter includes an introduction, learning goals, a glossary, likely exam questions, helpful websites and suggestions for further reading. This new edition has two new chapters, 'Europeanisation' and 'The British Media and the EU', includes the fallout from the 2015 UK Parliament general election and the 2014 European Parliament election and draws on freshly updated examples, tables and figures updated throughout.

Political Ideas in Modern Britain

In and After the Twentieth Century

Author: Rodney Barker

Publisher: Routledge

ISBN: 1134910665

Category: Political Science

Page: 368

View: 5576

The rise of the New Right and the collapse of state communism in 1989 has fundamentally changed political thinking in the late twentieth century. Rodney Barker has revised and extended his classic text - Political Ideas in Modern Britain - in the light of these changes. His accessible account of political thinking in Britain since the 1880s now includes detailed analysis of: * the demise of traditional conservatism and socialism * the rise and decline of the New Right * the growth of feminism, liberalism and pluralism Political Ideas in Modern Britain charts the changing intellectual landscape of political thinking, illustrating how contemporary political thought is both rooted in tradition and a radical transformation of it. Whether the future is liberal, communitarian, pluralist, or simply uncertain, this is an essential guide for students of British politics. Rodney Barker is Senior Lecturer in Government at the London School of Economics and Political Science.

The IMF Crisis of 1976 and British Politics

Keynesian Social Democracy, Monetarism and Economic Liberalism: the 1970s Struggle in British Politics

Author: Kevin Hickson

Publisher: I.B.Tauris

ISBN: 9781850437253

Category: Business & Economics

Page: 259

View: 1429

The IMF crisis of 1976 was a seminal event in British political history, with the government seen as going 'cap in hand' to the International Monetary Fund in order to avert financial meltdown. This text uses original source material in order to identify the economic thought and practice which caused the crisis.

Postwar British Politics

From Conflict to Consensus

Author: Peter Kerr

Publisher: Routledge

ISBN: 1134571526

Category: Political Science

Page: 256

View: 2462

This book offers a fresh view of postwar British politics, very much at odds to the dominant view in contemporary scholarship. The author argues that postwar British politics, up to and including the Blair Government, can be largely characterised in terms of continuity and a gradual evolution from a period of conflict over the primary aims of government strategy to one of recent relative consensus. This book provides a provocative and challenging account of the historical background to the election of the Blair Government and will be of interest to a wide audience.

British Government and Politics

Author: Duncan Watts

Publisher: Edinburgh University Press

ISBN: 0748654941

Category: Political Science

Page: 464

View: 7227

This introduction tells you everything you need to know about British Government and Politics. It examines the institutions and practices and makes comparisons with the experience of other countries.

Government and Politics in Britain

An Introduction

Author: John Kingdom

Publisher: Polity

ISBN: 9780745625942

Category: Political Science

Page: 800

View: 6122

The third edition of this best-selling, prize-winning textbook continues to lead the field with its widely acknowledged capacity to enthuse students through its challenging and thought-provoking style. With the reforming Blair government in its second term, evidence of popular disenchantment with traditional politics, globalization and new levels of terrorism, British politics continues in a state of dramatic flux. To chart the most recent developments in contemporary British politics, this edition has been updated in all its 22 chapters. * Coherent structure of this single-authored textbook makes it exceptionally easy to use and draws the threads together with a holistic perspective * Brings the subject to life by taking the reader beyond 'facts' to the fascinating questions about power, ambition, intrigue and corruption in the real world of politics * Attractively presented, with memorable quotations, cartoons, photographs, diagrams and tables to enliven the text and make the learning process involving and informative * Glossary, impressive bibliography and up-to-date chronology. * Supported by a textsite designed for students and lecturers: www.polity.co.uk/kingdom Well established as a central text for students of British politics and government, the book has also proved of wide relevance throughout the social sciences.