British Politics

Paperback | May 16, 2006

byDennis Kavanagh, David Richards, Andrew Geddes

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The fifth edition of British Politics is a significantly expanded work that draws on the contribution of three new political scientists and redresses the balance between the historical context of British Politics and key theoretical debates. British Politics 5/e overcomes the traditional problem of looking at Britain in isolation and the narrow, institution-based approach to politics by re-focusing on the international context in which Britain operates, and the way in which globalization, Europeanization, and the marketization of thestate have conditioned the nature of politics today. The text is both theoretically and practically informed, combining a descriptive account of the institutions and processes of the British political system with a lively and engaging discussion of new issues and policies. It addresses numerous contemporary topics, including the impact of a third term Labour Government; the threat to individual liberty in a post-9/11 world; the London 2005 bombings; Britain's destiny as a European partner; the implications of race and asylum-seeking; the growth and effect of directaction on the political system; and a health-check on democracy in an age of electoral decline. It also considers contemporary issues surrounding the public service; participation and representation; and democracy and accountability; while providing a detailed and accessible examination of a range of policy areas (economic, welfare, transport, education, law, immigration and defence) based onrecent interviews conducted by the authors themselves with key political actors. ONLINE RESOURCE CENTRE For lecturers: seminar activities, essay questions, case studies, all figures and tables from the text. For students: annotated web links, political commentaries, multiple-choice questions and a time-line.

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The fifth edition of British Politics is a significantly expanded work that draws on the contribution of three new political scientists and redresses the balance between the historical context of British Politics and key theoretical debates. British Politics 5/e overcomes the traditional problem of looking at Britain in isolation and...

Dennis Kavanagh is Professor of Politics at the University of Liverpool. David Richards is a Reader in Politics at the University of Sheffield. Andrew Geddes is Professor of Politics at the University of Sheffield. Martin Smith is Professor of Politics at the University of Sheffield.

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:732 pages, 9.69 × 7.44 × 1.3 inPublished:May 16, 2006Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0199269793

ISBN - 13:9780199269792

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Part One: The Context of British Politics1. David Richards: Why Study British Politics?2. Martin Smith: Understanding Politics3. David Richards: Modes of the British State: From Government to Governance4. Dennis Kavanagh: Ideas and Ideologies in British Politics5. Martin Smith: The Structure and Evolution of British Society6. Andrew Geddes: From Global Empire to European Partner7. Andrew Geddes: Understanding Decline8. Andrew Geddes: European Union Institutions9. Andrew Geddes: The Europeanisation of British Politics?Part Two: Institutions and Processes10. Dennis Kavanagh: The Constitutional Framework11. David Richards: The Core Executive I: Prime Ministers and Power Dependency12. David Richards: The Core Executive II: Ministers, Civil Servants and Power Dependency13. Martin Smith: Policy-Making and the Managerial Framework14. David Richards: The British State Today: Power, Meta-Governance and Regulation15. Dennis Kavanagh: Local Government16. Martin Smith: Quangos and Agencies17. David Richards: A (Dis)United Kingdom? Devolution and the Policy Process18. Dennis Kavanagh: Political Parties19. Dennis Kavanagh: Parliament20. Dennis Kavanagh: Elections and Voting21. David Richards: Pressure Groups and Policy Networks22. Martin Smith: The Decline in Representative Politics23. Martin Smith: New Forms of Participation24. Dennis Kavanagh: The Judiciary and Rights25. Dennis Kavanagh: The Mass Media and PoliticsPart Three: Policy26. Martin Smith: Economic Policy27. Andrew Geddes: The Welfare State28. Andrew Geddes: Health and Education Policy: The Welfare State We're In29. Andrew Geddes: The Politics of Immigration, Asylum and Ethnic Diversity30. David Richards: The Politics of Law and Order31. Dennis Kavanagh: Foreign and Defence Policy32. Martin Smith: Conclusion

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`Kavanagh et al use contemporary material to define core political ideas and appeal to the student perspective very well. This new edition focuses on the last 20 years of the British Political experience without overlooking important historical material, and so is meaningful for our newgeneration of students.'Judith Bara, Queen Mary University of London