British Politics: A Very Short Introduction

Paperback | June 6, 2013

byTony Wright

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Tony Wright's Very Short Introduction to British Politics is an interpretative essay on the British political system, rather than an abbreviated textbook on how it currently works. He identifies key characteristics and ideas of the British tradition, and investigates what makes Britishpolitics distinctive, while emphasizing throughout how these characteristics are reflected in the way the political system functions. Each chapter is organized around a key theme, such as the constitution or political accountability, which is first established and then explored with examples andillustrations. In this new edition Wright considers how the system has recently changed and continues to do so, in light of the coalition government and the fall of New Labour, as well as the impact of the financial crisis and issues such as terrorism and immigration.

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Tony Wright's Very Short Introduction to British Politics is an interpretative essay on the British political system, rather than an abbreviated textbook on how it currently works. He identifies key characteristics and ideas of the British tradition, and investigates what makes Britishpolitics distinctive, while emphasizing throughout ...

Tony Wright was a Member of Parliament for Cannock Chase from 1997 to 2010. He is now Professorial Fellow in the Department of Politics at Birkbeck College, University of London, where he is working on the development of the new Centre for the Study of British Politics and Public Life.

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:176 pages, 6.85 × 4.37 × 0.07 inPublished:June 6, 2013Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0199661103

ISBN - 13:9780199661107

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Table of Contents

Introduction1. The Britishness of British politics2. The constitution: old and new3. Arguing: the political conversation4. Governing: the strong centre?5. Representing: is the party over?6. Accounting: heckling the steamroller?7. The end of British politics?References and further reading

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Review from previous edition: "a useful book" --The Guardian (Review) 28/06/03