British Politics

The Basics
 
 
Routledge (Verlag)
  • 2. Auflage
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  • erscheint ca. am 4. November 2020
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  • 464 Seiten
 
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Fully updated and expanded, the second edition of this still compact text on British politics expertly analyses the major changes in British political life, placing them revealingly within the context of the evolution of British society from absolute monarchy to representative democracy.

The author considers each of the major components of British politics in digestible chapters, such as the Monarchy and the House of Lords, the Commons, voting behaviour, parties and pressure groups, the prime minister and cabinet, devolution, local government, and foreign policy. The book includes two new chapters on the EU referendum and Brexit, and the extraordinary December 2019 election, as well as coverage of events such as the coronavirus pandemic, and the respective travails of the increasingly split two major political parties.

This readable and comprehensive introduction will be of key interest to A-level students, undergraduates and those new to the study of British politics.

2. Auflage
  • Englisch
  • Milton
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  • Großbritannien
Taylor & Francis Ltd
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978-0-429-57659-1 (9780429576591)
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Bill Jones is Senior Honorary Research Fellow at Liverpool Hope University where he was formerly Professor of Politics and History.
  • Cover
  • Half Title
  • Title Page
  • Copyright Page
  • Dedication
  • Table of Contents
  • List of figures
  • List of tables
  • List of boxes
  • Preface
  • Part I: Introduction
  • Chapter 1: British politics in flux
  • MPs' Expenses Claims - A Watershed Moment?
  • Turbulence Begins: The Scottish Referendum
  • General Election, 2015
  • EU Referendum, 23 June 2016
  • Cameron Resigns
  • May in Government: A 'Land Grab' for the Centre Ground?
  • 'Brexit means Brexit'
  • The June 2017 General Election - Cautious May's Big Gamble
  • A Continuity Election
  • Attempted Explanations for this Period of Political Turbulence
  • Further Reading
  • Chapter 2: The evolution of Britain's political system
  • The Witan
  • Curia Regis
  • Lords and commons meet separately
  • Parliament's authority increases
  • Civil war, 1640-49
  • Glorious revolution, 1688-89
  • The hanoverian dynasty
  • The first prime minister
  • Political parties
  • Patronage
  • The enlightenment
  • The influence of the French revolution, 1789
  • Great reform act 1832
  • Political parties from the mid-nineteenth to the late twentieth century
  • Lords-commons conflict resolved
  • Further lords reforms
  • Parliamentary terms
  • Votes for women
  • Devolution
  • Epilogue
  • Questions for Discusion
  • Further Reading
  • Websites
  • Part II: The political context
  • Chapter 3: Introductory overview of the British political system
  • The underlying ideas
  • Voting and party government
  • The major parties
  • Legislature: House of commons and house of Lords
  • The executive
  • Pressure groups
  • Local government
  • European union
  • The media
  • Questions for discussion
  • Further reading
  • Websites
  • Chapter 4: The social and economic context
  • Economic beginnings
  • Imperial beginnings
  • Industrial revolution and the marxist analysis
  • Changing class strata
  • Why no revolution?
  • Social mobility and education
  • Economic inequality
  • Inequalities of the 1980s have never ben erased
  • Land ownership
  • Regional differences
  • Gender
  • Ethnicity
  • Questions for discussion
  • Further reading
  • Websites
  • Chapter 5: Political culture
  • Political culture
  • Key historical factors in the evolution of British political culture
  • Economic influences
  • The constitution
  • Extremism
  • Deference
  • Civil society
  • Crime
  • Welfare state
  • Is British society too open?
  • MPs' expenses and the erosion of trust
  • The 'Celebrity Politician'
  • Conclusion
  • Questions for discussion
  • Further reading
  • Chapter 6: The unwritten constitution
  • Historical emergence of constitutions
  • 'Dignified' and 'efficient'
  • Parliamentary sovereignty
  • Sources of the constitution
  • Amendment of the constitution
  • Separation of powers
  • Moran's 'core' and 'contested' elements of the constitution
  • 'Core'
  • 'Contested'
  • Current constitutional issues
  • Further reading
  • Websites
  • Chapter 7: Political ideas I: up to New Labour
  • The emergence of political ideas
  • Core philosophies in the nineteenth and twentieth centuries
  • Post-war developments in political ideas
  • Further reading
  • Website
  • Chapter 8: Political ideas II: from New Labour to Brexit
  • Cameron's conservatism
  • Liberalism
  • Coalition after May 2010
  • The 'Corbyn Revolution'
  • Rise of UKIP (and in 2019 the Brexit Party)
  • Impact of CoronaVirus, 2020
  • Gren Thinking
  • The Political Fringe
  • Starmer wins Leadership Contest
  • Concluding comment
  • Questions for discussion
  • Further reading
  • Websites
  • Part III The mediating agencies
  • Chapter 9: Political parties
  • Functions
  • Party government from the mid-nineteenth century
  • The conservative party
  • Labour party
  • Liberal democrats
  • UKIP and the Brexit party
  • The political fringe
  • Nationalist parties
  • Funding political parties
  • Conclusion: Two-party system in decline?
  • Questions for discussion
  • Further reading
  • Websites
  • Chapter 10: Pressure groups
  • Types of pressure groups
  • Origins of pressure groups
  • Civil society and pressure groups
  • Pressure groups and government
  • Political theory and pressure groups
  • Questions for discussion
  • Further reading
  • Websites
  • Chapter 11: The mass media
  • Evolution of political communication
  • Decline of the press
  • The broadcast media
  • Televised election debates
  • News values
  • 'Spin'
  • Question of bias
  • Regulation of the press
  • New media
  • Questions for discussion
  • Further reading
  • Websites
  • Part IV: The legislature
  • Chapter 12: The monarchy
  • Functions
  • Popularity of the monarchy
  • Excessive cost of royals?
  • Present power of the monarchy
  • The monarchy and politics
  • Questions for discussion
  • Further reading
  • Websites
  • Chapter 13: The House of Lords
  • Introduction
  • Present composition
  • Functions of the house of Lords
  • Reform
  • Questions for discussion
  • Further reading
  • Websites
  • Chapter 14: The House of Commons
  • The power of the Commons
  • Reforming the Commons
  • Social background of MPs
  • Expenses Scandal
  • Further Reading
  • Websites
  • Chapter 15: Voting behaviour in the UK
  • Early history
  • The electoral system(s)
  • The diminishing influence of class on voting
  • Low election turnout
  • Other factors influencing voting behaviour
  • The May 2010 general election
  • The May 2015 general election
  • General Election of 2017
  • Questions for discussion
  • Further reading
  • Websites
  • Chapter 16: The 2019 general election
  • Background
  • The Campaign
  • 2019 Election Results
  • 'The Red Wall' Shattered
  • Class and Voting
  • Gender
  • Turnout
  • Tactical Voting
  • Scotland
  • Wales
  • Northern Ireland
  • Political Parties
  • Matthew Goodwin's Conclusions
  • Further Reading
  • Part V: The executive
  • Chapter 17: The prime minister and cabinet
  • Cabinet
  • The prime minister
  • Deputy prime minister
  • The 'core executive'
  • Questions for discussion
  • Further reading
  • Websites
  • Chapter 18: Ministers and civil servants
  • Ministers
  • Civil service
  • Political advisers
  • Who makes policy - minister or civil servant?
  • Reforming the civil service
  • 'Quasi-autonomous non-governmental organisation', quangos
  • Questions for discussion
  • Further reading
  • Websites
  • Chapter 19: Policy-making in British government
  • Policy-making as a 'system'
  • Models of policy-making
  • The policy cycle
  • Policy-making example: managing the economy
  • Questions for discussion
  • Further reading
  • Websites
  • Part VI: Sub-national government
  • Chapter 20: Devolution
  • Northern ireland
  • Devolution in the 1970s
  • Scotland
  • Wales
  • Northern Ireland
  • Devolution: related problems
  • English nationalism
  • Regions of England
  • Greater London government
  • Scottish independence referendum and its impact
  • Questions for discussion
  • Further reading
  • Websites
  • Chapter 21: Local government: provenance and decline
  • Provenance
  • Post-war decline
  • Thatcher and local government
  • The professional in local government
  • Further reforms
  • Parish councils
  • Abolition of the audit commission
  • Elected mayors
  • 'Revolutionary' devolution of powers to local government in 2014-15
  • The northern powerhouse
  • Local government association
  • Politics and local government
  • Westminster responsibility for local government
  • Questions for discussion
  • Further reading
  • Websites
  • Chapter 22: The judiciary and politics
  • Overlooked?
  • Subordinate?
  • Autonomous?
  • Judicial posts
  • The courts and their personnel
  • The recruitment of judges
  • 'Judicial activism'
  • Enforcing european law
  • Enforcing the european convention on human rights
  • Questions for discussion
  • Further reading
  • Websites
  • Part VII: Conclusions
  • Chapter 23: The extraordinary Brexit saga
  • The european idea
  • De Gaulle's veto
  • Heath finally victorious 1972
  • Euro-scepticism gathers strength
  • Immigration helps growth of UKIP
  • Cameron grants an in-out referendum, 2013
  • Theresa May and Brexit
  • Divorce bill
  • Negotiations begin on trade relationship
  • Transitional Period
  • Factions in conservative party
  • May limps on
  • Misconduct in public office?
  • Key turning point in Brexit saga
  • Aftermath of election - Brexit troubles over?
  • Post-Brexit concerns
  • Questions for discussion
  • Further reading
  • Chapter 24: Britain and the world
  • Historical perspective
  • The empire and decline
  • The spheres of foreign policy
  • The european union as a focus of foreign policy
  • The anglo-american bond - a special relationship?
  • The growth of euro-scepticism
  • Questions for discussion
  • Further reading
  • Websites
  • Chapter 25: Concluding comments: an uncertain future
  • Weakening of the centre ground
  • The 'cultural war'
  • Impact of the coronavirus pandemic 2020
  • Other problems pending at time of writing
  • Questions for Discussion
  • Further reading
  • Glossary
  • Index
"So much changed in British politics between 2015 and the 2020s. Only a genuine expert could explain successfully its significance within a broader understanding of the Basics of that politics. Unsurprisingly Bill Jones is the author who has achieved that."


Alan Ware, Worcester College, University of Oxford, UK


"Comprehensive enough to tell students what they need to know yet concise enough to ensure it's a resource to which they will want to return to again and again, this update is a very welcome addition to introductory texts on the ever-changing politics of the UK."


Tim Bale, Queen Mary University of London, UK


"Bill Jones manages to cover an amazing amount of ground in this clear and succinct book. It works brilliantly as a compact introductory guide to the British political system, to its history and wider context, and to British politics today."


Kevin Theakston, University of Leeds, UK

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