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The British Political Process : An Introduction - Tony Wright

The British Political Process

An Introduction

By: Tony Wright (Editor)

Hardcover Published: 31st January 2000
ISBN: 9780415049658
Number Of Pages: 416

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British Political Process: An Introduction is an exciting new text for students which clearly and simply explains the workings of the British political system. Written by those close to the political process, it provides an authoritative, reliable and manageable guide to understanding all the key elements of government and politics in Britain. It begins by placing British politics in context and then explores those areas which feature on British Politics courses.
Benefits to students include:
* an exploration of the key areas, including: the constitution; elections; parties; pressure groups and lobbying; media; parliament; Whitehall; the Prime Minister and Ministers; the EU; devolution; and the future of British politics
* government documents which give unique insights into actual political processes, as well as figures, cartoons and tables which illustrate and summarise information and statistics in an accessible way
* appendices provide useful information such as: a glossary of terms; a chronology of events; a digest of facts; and a guide to politics on the internet
* a knowledgeable and experienced team of writers who offer a unique insight into British political processes.

he Shape Of British Politics
Introduction: Why Politics Matters
The Context Of British Politics
Appearance And Reality
Change And Continuity
The Perils Of Generalisation
Political Culture
Three Propositions: Society, History And Territory
Characteristics Of The Political Process
Authority Versus Accountability?
The British Model In Question
Further Reading
The Constitutional Context
What Is A Constitution?
Does Britain Have A Constitution?
Main Features Of The British Constitution
Constitutional Concepts
Constitutional Reform
Further Reading
Elections And Electors
The Frame Work Of Elections
Theories Of Representation
Who Can Vote?
Electoral Registration And Turnout
Polling Day
Spending On Elections
Setting The Boundaries
Electoral Behaviour: How People Vote
The 1997 General Election
The Electoral System
Electoral Reform: The Arguments
The Constituency Link
Effective Government
Effective Representation
Jenkins And After
Further Reading
Parties And The Party System
Political Recruitment
Packaged Choice
Opinions And Interests
Political Participation
Election Campaigns
Argument And Information
Policy Development
Sustaining Governments And Oppositions
The Changing Parties
What Kind Of Party?
The Party System
Further Reading
Pressures And Publics
Complaints And Redress
Performance, Regulation And Information
Influence And Pressure
Participation And Polling
Further Reading
Campaigns And Communications
Introduction: The Mass Media And Politics
Bias And Regulation
Party Political Broadcasts
Parliament And The Media
License To Spin: The Governments Information Machine
The Lobby
Political Campaigning
What Effect Does The Media Have?
Conclusion: The Future Of Political Communications
Further Reading
Parliament And Politicians
What Is Parliament For?
How Parliament Works
MPs And What They Do
What Parliament Does
Modernisation And Reform
Modernising The Commons
Reforming The Lords
What Future For Parliament?
Further Reading
Governing At The Centre
The Central Executive
Civil Servants
The Key Players: Prime Minister, Chancellor And Cabinet
The Wider Executive Territory
Further Reading
Governing Beyond The Centre
The European Union
Local Government
Further Reading
Whither British Politics?
British Politics In Flux
Is Britain Moving Towards A Written Constitution?
Is There A Coherent Package Of Political Reform?
Is Britain Breaking Up?
Is Strong Government Giving Way To Accountable Government?
Is A Realignment In British Politics Taking Place?
Glossary Of Terms
Chronology Of Events
Digest Of Facts
Politics On The Web
Table of Contents provided by Publisher. All Rights Reserved.

ISBN: 9780415049658
ISBN-10: 0415049652
Audience: Tertiary; University or College
Format: Hardcover
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 416
Published: 31st January 2000
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 23.5 x 15.24  x 1.91
Weight (kg): 0.83
Edition Number: 1

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