British Politics: Second Edition by Robert LeachBritish Politics: Second Edition by Robert Leach

British Politics: Second Edition

byRobert Leach, Bill Coxall, Lynton Robins

Paperback | August 17, 2011

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Systematically revised and updated, British Politics is an accessible and definitive guide to the shape of Britain's political institutions and processes. The new edition covers significant developments and events in British politics, such as the financial crisis and the 2010 general election, and provides full analysis of the first year of the Conservative-Liberal Democrat coalition government.

Incorporating useful learning aids throughout, the book examines the state of British politics set against the background of devolution within the UK and an ever-changing European and global environment.

Key features

. 'Comparative politics' boxes highlight differences and similarities with other political systems
. 'Academic controversy' boxes summarize debates on key issues
. On-page glossary explains key words and concepts
. Chapter summaries, questions for discussion and further reading to stimulate and reinforce learning
. Illustrated 'key thinker' profiles
. A companion website - - containing valuable additional material for students and lecturers
ROBERT LEACH Principal Lecturer at Leeds Metropolitan University, UK, where he is now a Visiting Reader following his retirement from teaching. He has written extensively on British government, local government and ideologies. Recent publications for Palgrave Macmillan include Local Governance in Britain and Political Ideology in Brita...
Title:British Politics: Second EditionFormat:PaperbackDimensions:512 pagesPublished:August 17, 2011Publisher:Macmillan Education UKLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:0230272347

ISBN - 13:9780230272347


Table of Contents

PART I: PEOPLE AND POLITICS.- Politics, Democracy and Power.- The Shadow of the Past: British Politics since 1945.- Economy, Society and Politics.- Participating in Politics.- Elections and Voting.- Political Parties.- Ideologies, Parties and Interests.- Pressure groups and Social Movements.- Political Communication and the Mass Media.- PART II: GOVERNMENT AND GOVERNANCE.- The Changing British System of Government.- Prime Minister and Cabinet.- Ministers, Departments and the Civil Service.- Parliament and the Legislative Process.- The Law, Politics and the Judicial Process.- Britain and Europe.- Devolution: a Disunited Kingdom?.- Local Government and Politics.- The New British State.- PART III: ISSUES AND POLICIES.- Issues, Problems and The Policy Process.- Managing the Economy.- Government Spending: Delivering Public Services.- Rights, Equality and Social Justice .- Politics and The Environment.- Britain and the World: Making Foreign Policy.

Editorial Reviews

Reviews of the first edition:   "This book is most excellent. Any student (and not a few teachers) will find this an indispensable resource. My congratulations go to you and all those associated with this endeavour." -- John McLean, Lecturer in Politics, University of Greenwich, UK"[C]learly written and presents an insight into British Politics which is both illuminating and informative. [T]he work fills a definite niche within the existing literature in this topic area of British Politics. It builds upon other work in this field but, at the same time, provides a more detailed overview and is very much up-to-date with contemporary events." -- Jacqui Briggs, Senior Lecturer in Politics, University of Lincoln, UK"I was struck by the accessibility of the writing. The reader is not condescended but neither are they bamboozled with jargon and terminology. [T]he [text] is crisp and succinct in its writing." -- Nick Randall, School of Geography, Politics and Sociology, University of Newcastle, UK"The breadth, width and depth of the book are highly impressive.The book encourages students to explore topics in broad terms. Comparisons between the British system and those of other countries assist in understanding British Politics. Information is presented in a variety of interesting and exciting ways. For these reasons, I would certainly recommend this book for my students." -- John McLean, Lecturer in Politics, University of Greenwich, UK