Your updated and revised guide to British politics
So, you want to be knowledgeable about British politics but don't know where to start? You've come to the right place! British Politics For Dummies is your essential guide to understanding even the trickiest questions surrounding politics in the UK. In no time, you'll have the confidence to discuss the ins and outs of past and present elections, political leaders, parties and ideologies.
Packed with understandable information on the origins, history and structure of the UK parliamentary system, British Politics For Dummies offers a fascinating glimpse into the rollercoaster world of politics. Explaining everything from key political ideologies and the spread of democracy to the current election process and the differences between political parties, this hands-on, friendly guide is an ideal companion to British politics and elections.
Includes expanded coverage of coalition governments, devolution and independence efforts
Provides updated information on UKIP and Britain's place in Europe
Serves as a helpful guide to elections and British political parties-electoral systems, voting behaviour and trends and the role of pressure groups and the media
Offers a fascinating examination of British politics on the world stage
Whether you want to get to grips with British politics and government or build your knowledge beyond the basics, this updated edition of British Politics For Dummies is the place to start.
Julian Knight is Money and Property Editor at The Independent on Sunday. Previously, he was a reporter at BBC News, contributing to the BBC News website and Radio Five Live.
Introduction 1 Part I: Getting Started with British Politics 5 Chapter 1: Taking in the Political Universe 7 Chapter 2: Understanding Why Politics and Politicians are Important 21 Chapter 3: Looking at Participatory Democracy 35 Chapter 4: Examining Political Ideologies 49 Chapter 5: Forming the British Political State 67 Part II: Elections and Britain's Parties 81 Chapter 6: Counting the Votes: Differing Electoral Systems 83 Chapter 7: Voting Behaviour and Trends 99 Chapter 8: Homing in on Political Parties 117 Chapter 9: Piling on the Pressure Groups 141 Chapter 10: Scrutinising Politics and the Media 161 Chapter 11: Taking Politics to the Masses: Social Media 175 Part III: The Ins and Outs of Parliament 183 Chapter 12: Examining Britain's Constitution 185 Chapter 13: Britain's Parliamentary Democracy 199 Chapter 14: Gazing at the Summit: The PM and Cabinet 221 Chapter 15: Assessing Ministers and Civil Servants 237 Chapter 16: Taking in the Courts and Judiciary 249 Chapter 17: Laying Bare Local Government and Devolution 261 Chapter 18: Focusing on Devolution and the Independence Debate 271 Part IV: Politics Worldwide 291 Chapter 19: Understanding Britain's Place in the World 293 Chapter 20: Taking In the International Stage 303 Chapter 21: Expanding Horizons: Europe and the EU 317 Chapter 22: Leading the Free World: US Politics 335 Part V: The Part of Tens 353 Chapter 23: Ten Great Prime Ministers 355 Chapter 24: Ten Major Political Scandals 363 Chapter 25: Ten Political Events That Shaped the Modern World 371 Chapter 26: Ten Political Trends for the Future 379 Index 385