The New British Politics is one of the most comprehensive and successful introductions to British politics ever published. Now available in a fully revised and updated fourth edition, this clear, lively and authoritative text has an emphasis on law and order and the historical context of British politics. Written by internationally-known specialists, the book combines incisive and original analysis with direct presentation.
CONTENTSPreface AcknowledgementsList of abbreviationsINTRODUCTION1. British politics in context: international, social, and historical settingsPART I HISTORY2. The first industrial country: ideas and institutions 1688Â 19313. From government intervention back to free markets and a 'third way': ideas and institutions, 1931Â 2006PART 2 GOVERNMENT4. A British constitution?5. The Prime Minister, the Cabinet, and the Core Executive6. Ministries, ministers and mandarins: central government in Britain7. The changing state: administrative reformsPART 3 SOVEREIGNTY8. Britain in Europe9. Europe in Britain10. Disuniting the Kingdom: Ireland11. Devolution: Scotland, Wales and the English regions12. Local democracy? PART 4 POPULAR PARTICIPATION13. Pressure groups14. The mass media and pluralist democracy15. Elections and votingPART 5 REPRESENTATION 16. Political parties and party factions17. Party ideologies and political representation18. Parliament: the House of Lords and the House of CommonsPART 6 ORDER 19. The courts and the judiciary 20. The police and policing21. Security and secrecyPART 7 POLICY22. Foreign and defence policy23. Environmental policy24. Economic policy25. Social policy26. Equal opportunitiesPART 8 ASSESSMENT27. Problems, policies, processes and democracy, 1997Â 2006GlossaryAuthor IndexSubject Index