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Essentials of British Politics Today

ISBN-10: 071907939X
ISBN-13: 9780719079399
Edition: 6th 2010
Authors: Bill Jones
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Description: A successor to the classic "British Politics Today" (written with Dennis Kavanagh) which has sold over 120,000 copies, this new book addresses a similar task. It aims to condense the complexities of British politics into a short manageable form for  More...

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Book details

List price: $14.99
Edition: 6th
Copyright year: 2010
Publisher: Manchester University Press
Publication date: 1/7/2010
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 272
Size: 6.10" wide x 9.09" long x 0.91" tall
Weight: 1.034
Language: English

A successor to the classic "British Politics Today" (written with Dennis Kavanagh) which has sold over 120,000 copies, this new book addresses a similar task. It aims to condense the complexities of British politics into a short manageable form for students at undergraduate level and above. It would also serve well anyone wishing to quickly acquire a good working knowledge of how the British political system works and has changed over recent decades. The book covers the whole range of the core areas and the succinctly written text is illustrated with plentiful diagrams, tables and figures. Each chapter provides a coherent summary of the topic concerned and leads the reader on to further reading in longer, more detailed works. This is the best short book on British politics available and offers excellent value to the student purchaser.

Bill Jones worked for Granada Television for 27 years, where he was an award-winning documentary maker. He now works as a freelance writer and programme maker. He was researching a documentary about the centenary of the Manchester running club Salford Harriers in 1985 when he first came across the story of John Tarrant (a former Harriers member) and it has haunted him ever since.

List of figures, tables and boxes
Preface
Defining politics, government and democracy
An overview of the British political system
The historical development of British government
The social and economic context of British government
Political culture in Britain
The changing constitution
Political ideas
The role of pressure groups
Political parties
Legislature I: monarchy and the House of Lords
Legislature II: the House of Commons
Devolution
The executive I: Cabinet, Prime Minister and the 'core executive'
The executive II: ministers and the civil service
The media in British politics I: the 'mainstream' media
The media in British politics II: influence, bias and the new media
Voting behaviour in Britain
Local government I: provenance and decline
Local government II: revival?
The judiciary and politics
The European Union and British politics
Policy-making in British government
British and US government and politics compared
Britain and the world
Index

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