Exploring British Politics is a concise, comprehensive and accessible guide to the subject. Fully updated and revised, the new edition covers the 2015 general election and recent developments in the role of political parties, changes in party ideology, the UK's relationship with the European Union, and the future of the UK itself. Designed to stimulate critical analysis and provoke lively debate, it provides new perspectives on two key themes - the health of British democracy and the transition from traditional models of government to more flexible forms of `governance'.
The special features of the new edition include:
Comprehensive analysis of the 2015 general election and the 2014 referendum on Scottish independence
A focus on topical controversies, such as the relationship between politicians and the media and the arguments for and against Human Rights legislation
Explanation of the ways in which British governments have responded to dramatic social change, and to serious economic challenges in an era of `globalisation'
Extensive guides to further reading at the end of each chapter
Whilst it provides the essential historical background for a full understanding of British politics, contemporary issues are to the fore throughout and readers are encouraged to scrutinise what is often taken for granted and to develop their own thoughts and ideas. Whether studying the subject for the first time or revisiting it, Exploring British Politics is the ideal undergraduate text.
Mark Garnett is Senior Lecturer in Politics and International Relations at Lancaster University, UK. He has published numerous books and articles on British politics and is a regular media commentator. Philip Lynch is Senior Lecturer in Politics in the Department of Politics and International Relations at the University of Leicester, UK.
Part I: Context 1. Understanding British Politics 2. Analysing British Politics 3. UK Government in Context: From Attlee to Blair 4. Economy and Society 5. The Media and Communications Part II: Constitution and Institutions 6. The Constitution 7. The Core Executive 8. Parliament 9. The Judiciary and the Law Part III: Multi-level Governance 10. The Changing State 11. Local Government to Local Governance 12. Devolution 13. The UK and the European Union Part IV: Political Parties 14. UK Party Systems 15. Party Organisation 16. Ideology and Party Competition Part V: Participation 17. Elections and Electoral Systems 18. Voting Behaviour 19. Participation Beyond Elections Part VI: Conclusions 20. Governance and Democracy in the UK