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Governing the UK. British Politics in the 21st Century. Edition No. 4. Modern Governments

  • ID: 2561449
  • Book
  • March 2004
  • Region: United Kingdom
  • 596 Pages
  • John Wiley and Sons Ltd
This well-established textbook gives students a thorough understanding of the machinery and processes of government in the United Kingdom as well as of the forces shaping the country’s politics. For the fourth edition the text has been substantially updated to take account of the many significant shifts in British politics since 1997, especially the constitutional reforms of the 1997 Labour government.
  • Extensive annotated guides to further reading and suggested questions for discussion at the end of each chapter.
  • A greater use of illustrative material, case studies and graphics, which supplement the text in a lively manner.
  • Clear summaries of arguments and chronologies of complex events, as well as boxes giving biographical data on significant political figures.
  • A range of Internet resources to encourage students to keep up-to-date with a rapidly changing subject matter.
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List of Figures.

List of Tables.

List of Boxes.

List of Maps.



List of Abbreviations.

1. The Changing Structure of British Government.

2. The Constitution.

3. The Character of the Modern British State.

4. The Executive.

5. The Civil Service.

6. Parliament.

7. The Electoral System.

8. Parties and the Party System.

9. Voting Behaviour, Public Opinion and the Mobilization of the Electorate.

10. Pressure Groups and Participation.

11. Government on the Ground: the Local Dimension.

12. The Diversity of the UK: Governing after Devolution.

13. The Courts and Civil Liberties.

14. Accountability and Control of Government.

15. Beyond The Nation State.

16. Conclusion.

Appendix: Legal Cases.

Key Concepts.

Internet Resource.

References and Bibliography.


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Gillian Peele Oxford University.
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