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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This book provides a concise but definitive introduction to the shape of Britain's political institutions and processes following the 2010 general election. The new edition has been comprehensively rewritten throughout and is richly supported with features to aid learning.
 
New to this edition:
 
* Includes a comprehensive and fully up-to-date examination of the British political system, including the 2010 General Election
* Includes coverage of the significant developments and events in British politics, such as the financial crisis, the expenses crisis, the rise of nationalist parties and continued debates about Britain's place in Europe
* Features a number of 'comparative politics' boxes, which highlight differences and similarities with other political systems
* Each chapter concludes with a full summary of key points, questions for discussion and further reading
ROBERT LEACH is 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 B...
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Title:British Politics: Second EditionFormat:PaperbackDimensions:512 pages, 0.38 × 0.29 × 0.04 inPublished:August 17, 2011Publisher:Macmillan Education UKLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:0230272347

ISBN - 13:9780230272347

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Table of Contents

PART I: PEOPLE AND POLITICS
Politics, Democracy and Power
The Shadow of the Past: British Politics since 1945
Contemporary British Economy, Society and Politics
Participating in Politics
Elections and Voting
Ideology and Pragmatism in British Politics
Political Parties
Pressure Groups
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
A Disunited Kingdom?  Northern Ireland, Scotland and Wales
Local Governance and Politics
The New British State: Multi-Level Governance?
PART III: ISSUES AND POLICIES
Issues, Problems and The Policy Process
Managing the Economy
Delivering Public Services
Equality and Social Justice
The Politics of Sex and Gender
The Politics of Race and Multiculturalism
Politics and the Environment
Britain and the World: Foreign Policy and International Relations
Power and Influence: Who Rules Britain Today?

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