Exploring British Politics

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Author: Mark Garnett,Philip Lynch

Publisher: Routledge

ISBN: 131755163X

Category: Political Science

Page: 656

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Exploring British Politics is a concise, comprehensive and accessible guide to the subject. Fully updated and revised, the new edition covers the 2015 general election and recent developments in the role of political parties, changes in party ideology, the UK's relationship with the European Union, and the future of the UK itself. Designed to stimulate critical analysis and provoke lively debate, it provides new perspectives on two key themes – the health of British democracy and the transition from traditional models of government to more flexible forms of ‘governance’. The special features of the new edition include: Comprehensive analysis of the 2015 general election and the 2014 referendum on Scottish independence A focus on topical controversies, such as the relationship between politicians and the media and the arguments for and against Human Rights legislation Explanation of the ways in which British governments have responded to dramatic social change, and to serious economic challenges in an era of ‘globalisation’ Extensive guides to further reading at the end of each chapter Whilst it provides the essential historical background for a full understanding of British politics, contemporary issues are to the fore throughout and readers are encouraged to scrutinise what is often taken for granted and to develop their own thoughts and ideas. Whether studying the subject for the first time or revisiting it, Exploring British Politics is the ideal undergraduate text.

Exploring British Politics

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Author: Mark Garnett,Philip Lynch

Publisher: N.A

ISBN: 9781408264225

Category: Great Britain

Page: 40

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Concise, comprehensive and accessible, "Exploring British Politics" presents an insightful approach to British politics with a special emphasis on recent developments. Designed to stimulate critical analysis and provoke lively debate, it provides new perspectives on two key themes - the health of British democracy and the transition from traditional models of government to more flexible forms of 'governance'. Whilst framed in a discussion of the essential historical background of British politics, contemporary issues are to the fore throughout and readers are encouraged to scrutinise what is often taken for granted and to develop their owns thoughts and ideas. Whether studying the subject for the first time or revisiting it, "Exploring British Politics" is the ideal undergraduate text.

Exploring British Culture with Audio CD

Multi-level Activities About Life in the UK

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Author: Jo Smith

Publisher: Cambridge University Press

ISBN: 0521186420

Category: Foreign Language Study

Page: 128

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A multi-level, photocopiable resource book about life in the UK. Exploring British Culture is a resource book of ready-to-teach lessons about life in the UK. It covers 18 key topic areas including History and Politics, Health and Housing, Work and Education, Leisure, the Media and Culture. Each topic area has 3 lessons - for Elementary, Intermediate and Advanced learners. The lessons can be adapted according to class needs and each lesson has suggestions for lesson extension activities and further study. The accompanying Audio CD features recordings of a variety of authentic accents from around the UK.

The Oxford Handbook of British Politics

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Author: Matthew Flinders

Publisher: Oxford University Press

ISBN: 0199230951

Category: Law

Page: 977

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The Oxford Handbook of British Politics provides the most sophisticated and up-to-date analysis of British politics to date. Essential for all those working in the area.

British Foreign Policy since 1945

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Author: Mark Garnett,Simon Mabon,Robert Smith

Publisher: Routledge

ISBN: 1317588991

Category: Political Science

Page: 358

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British Foreign Policy since 1945 brings a chronological approach to the study of British foreign policy since the Second World War in order to make the principal events and dynamics accessible within a broader historical and cultural context. The key features included in this book: a detailed chronological survey of developments in post-war British politics; an integrated discussion of foreign and domestic policy developments indicating connections and interlocking themes; illustrations of British foreign policy drawn from popular culture; analysis of Britain’s role in the world, particularly in regards to the UK’s 'special relationship' with the US and its decision to leave the EU; a range of in-text features including essay questions and seminar/discussion topics. This timely book will be essential reading for anyone interested in British politics, foreign policy analysis and British history.

British Politics For Dummies

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Author: Julian Knight,Michael Pattison

Publisher: John Wiley & Sons

ISBN: 1118971523

Category: Political Science

Page: 424

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Your updated and revised guide to British politics So, you want to be knowledgeable about British politics butdon't know where to start? You've come to the right place!British Politics For Dummies is your essential guide tounderstanding even the trickiest questions surrounding politics inthe UK. In no time, you'll have the confidence to discuss the insand outs of past and present elections, political leaders, partiesand ideologies. Packed with understandable information on the origins, historyand structure of the UK parliamentary system, British PoliticsFor Dummies offers a fascinating glimpse into the rollercoasterworld of politics. Explaining everything from key politicalideologies and the spread of democracy to the current electionprocess and the differences between political parties, thishands-on, friendly guide is an ideal companion to British politicsand elections. Includes expanded coverage of coalition governments, devolutionand independence efforts Provides updated information on UKIP and Britain's place inEurope Serves as a helpful guide to elections and British politicalparties—electoral systems, voting behaviour and trends andthe role of pressure groups and the media Offers a fascinating examination of British politics on theworld stage Whether you want to get to grips with British politics andgovernment or build your knowledge beyond the basics, this updatededition of British Politics For Dummies is the placeto start.

From Crisis to Coalition

The Conservative Party, 1997-2010

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Author: P. Dorey,M. Garnett,A. Denham

Publisher: Springer

ISBN: 0230307744

Category: History

Page: 216

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In 2010 the Conservative Party returned to office after over a decade of largely ineffective opposition to New Labour. This book explains why it took so long to recover, and why the party was unable to win an overall majority despite the charismatic leadership of David Cameron. It covers all aspects of Conservative Party politics since 1997.

Popular Newspapers, the Labour Party and British Politics

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Author: James Thomas

Publisher: Routledge

ISBN: 1135773734

Category: Political Science

Page: 240

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'IT'S THE SUN WOT WON IT', was the famous headline claim of Britain's most popular newspaper following the Conservative party's victory over Labour in the 1992 general election. The headline referred to a virulent press campaign against Neil Kinnock's Labour party, and dramatically highlighted one of the chief features of British politics during the twentieth century - the conflict between a socialist Labour party and a capitalist popular press. Labour's frequent complaints of the political and electoral unfairness of newspaper bias meant that some commentators considered that this dispute had a heritage as old as the party itself. Others, including the Labour leadership at the time, argued that despite past tensions, the 1992 election marked the culmination of an unprecedented campaign of vilification against the party. Popular Newspapers, the Labour Party and British Politics assesses these competing claims, looking not only at 1992 but both back and forward to examine the continuities and changes in newspaper coverage of British politics and the Labour party over the twentieth century. The book explores whether the popular press has lived up to its claim of being a democratic 'fourth estate', or has merely, as Labour politicians have argued been a powerful 'fifth column' distorting the democratic process. Drawing on a range of previously unexamined sources this book offers the first original and comprehensive history of a fascinating aspect of British politics from Beaverbrook to Blair. James Thomas is a lecturer at the Cardiff School of Journalism, Media and Cultural Studies at Cardiff University, and has published articles and esays exploring the relationship between the popular press and British politics.

British General Elections Since 1964

Diversity, Dealignment, and Disillusion

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Author: David Denver,Mark Garnett

Publisher: Oxford University Press

ISBN: 0199673322

Category: History

Page: 224

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The first book to look at a succession of British general elections in significant detail. By starting the survey in 1964 rather than the traditional date of 1945, it can also focus more rigorously on the changes which began in the 1960s and still affect general elections today.

The Oxford Companion to Twentieth-century British Politics

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Author: John Ramsden

Publisher: Oxford University Press, USA

ISBN: 9780198610366

Category: Political Science

Page: 714

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The beginning of the 20th century wasn't a significant time in itself for change in British politics, except perhaps for the founding of the Labour Party, but a gradual shift in the political landscape had been taking place. This was a time when the status of the United Kingdom as a greatimperial power and as a strong industrial economy was ceasing to exist. The end of the 20th century gave quite a different picture. It showed a country struggling with the issue of integration into Europe (a concept barely imagined 100 years previously), a more service- less industry-orientated economy, and a political system less focused on Westminster and more focusedon the regions than ever before. The challenge facing those involved in compiling The Companion to 20th-Century British Politics was to incorporate the wide breadth of subject matter covering the events, themes, ideas, people, institutions, and places that have been important in shaping the path of political history of Britainover the past 100 years. The result is the most comprehensive and authoritative source of reference on 20th-century British politics ever written. Exploring a diverse range of topics over 100 specialist contributors, under the guidance of a team of distinguished advisory editors, have written more than 3,000 opinionated and informative entries. All the major political organisations that have functioned during the 20th century are mentioned. There are biographical entries including longer entries on all prime ministers and holders of key cabinet posts and shorter entries on many junior ministers, influential backbenchers, and partyorganisers. The book also covers key areas of economic, social, legal, foreign, and defence policies with special attention devoted to the politics of Wales, Scotland, and Ireland. Historical events and their impact on the shape of political thinking are described in detail. Political concepts andideas have entries devoted to them, as do social and economic issues. Topics of international debate such as those concerned with Europe, NATO, and Anglo-American relations are discussed at length. The whole period is covered, from the foundation of the Labour Party to mad cow disease and even theresult of the 2001 general election. BIOGRAPHIESPMs and leaders of the major and lesser parties: Harold Wilson, Tony Blair, David Steel, Oswald Mosley, William Hague, Margaret Thatcherpoliticians: Ernest Bevin, Violet Bonham Carter, Martin Bellroyalty: Diana, Princess of Wales, George V, George VIprivate secretaries to royalty: Robert Fellowes, Francis Knollysdiplomats: Lord Caradon, Oliver Harvey judges: Cyril Radcliffe, Lord Trevethinspies: John Cairncross, Oleg Gordievskymodern influential figures: Mo Mowlam, Ken Livingstone, Gerry Adamscivil servants: William Beveridge, Burke Trendkey thinkers and writers: Friedrich von Hayek, J. M. Keynes, A. J. P. Taylor, Harold Laski, Max Weberfigures in the media: Robin Day, Robert Maxwellindustrialists: Charles Clore, Alfred Mond, Evan Williamstrade unionists: Frank Cousins, Arthur Scargill, George WoodcockEVENTSmajor conflicts and wars: Falklands war, Gulf war, Second World Warcrises: oil crisis, Beef wareconomic events: Black Wednesday, convertibility crisispolitical events: Black Monday, referendum pledge, Tonypandy, Westland affair, Zinoviev letterIreland: Drumcree, Easter Rising, Peace Process mark I, Peace Process mark IIEurope: Bruges speech, Lome conventionInternational events: Blitz, Norway debate, Wall Street crash ISSUESsocial issues: crime, drugs, north-south divide, abortion, race, literacy, gambling, football hooliganism, divorceconstitutional issues: centralisation in local government, corruptionpolitical issues: local government finance, alternative vote, censorship, poll taxeconomic issues: balance of payments, inflation, free trade, rent control, stagflation, unemployment, medium-term financial strategyeducation: grammar schools, school milk, eleven-plus selectionhealth: AIDS, family planning, care in the community THEORIES AND IDEASanarchism, capitalism, fascism, feminism, game theory, oligarchy, pluralism, Marxism PUBLICATIONSbooks: Full Employment in a Free Society, One Nation, The Ragged-Trousered Philanthropistsreports: Bryce report, Finer report, Norwood reportmedia: Marxism Today, The Economist, Daily Mail, Irish Worker, Private Eyewhite papers: In Place of Strife, Sandys white paperpolicy documents: Fair Deal at Work, Looking Ahead, We Can Conquer Unemploymentfilm and television: Braveheart, Spitting Image, That Was the Week That Was ORGANISATIONSparties: Conservative Party, Green Party, National Party, Cumann na nGaedheal, Referendum Partycentral government: Bank of England, cabinet committees, Inland Revenueclubs and societies: Fabian Society, Monday clubcharities: Age Concern, National Trust, Shelterpressure groups: Anti-Waste League, Keep Sunday Special Campaignmedia: BBC, HTV, S4CEurope: European Union, European parliament, Western European Union LEGISLATION AND RULESActs of Parliament: Prevention of Terrorism Act, Single European Act, Clean Air Act, Education Acts, Race Relations Acts, Trade Union Acts SLOGANS AND SAYINGS'back to basics', 'Hitler has missed the bus', 'never had it so good' , 'No, no, no!' In addition to A-Z entries the Companion offers extra material including a list of office holders from 1900 to the present day, a classified contents list grouping headwords by topic, a table of election results including the result of the 2001 election, and a table showing dates ofministries.

Euroscepticism in Contemporary British Politics

Opposition to Europe in the Conservative and Labour Parties since 1945

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Author: Anthony Forster

Publisher: Routledge

ISBN: 1134445512

Category: Political Science

Page: 168

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Anthony Forster argues that euroscepticism, in addition to being a political stance, displays the seeds of becoming a new faith. Through a detailed analysis of British post-war politics, he shows the development of a core set of beliefs, a history of persecution, displays of moral rectitude in opposing Europe and the power of scepticism to change existing beliefs. This challenging new history of euroscepticism will be a valuable resource for undergraduate students of politics and European studies.

Politics in Western Europe: Second Edition

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Author: N.A

Publisher: Hoover Press

ISBN: 9780817991234

Category: History

Page: N.A

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The close of the twentieth century has brought changes to Europe of such magnitude that some predict the return of the Age of Europe. In this timely update of Politics in Wesern Europe, editors Gerald A. Dorfman and Peter J. Duignan and numerous distinguished contributors examine the events leading to the tumultuous changes and the impact these changes will have on the peoples of Western Europe. This new edition includes a fresh study of the history of European efforts to defend and unite twelve independent nations into one common market from 1946 to 1992. Another essay examines the partitioning and reunification of Germany and how German unification will affect the rest of Europe and the United States. In addition, the authors analyze how the fall of the Iron Curtain and the demise of communism may affect the countries of Western Europe. This comprehensive work features new chapters on Ireland and Greece; updated chapters on Great Britain, France, Belgium, the Netherlands, Spain, Portugal, Italy, and Austria; in addition to chapters on the Nordic countries and Switzerland. Politics in Western Europe offers valuable insights for students, journalists, diplomats, and the international business community.

The Oxford Handbook of Modern British Political History, 1800-2000

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Author: David Brown,Robert Crowcroft,Gordon Pentland

Publisher: Oxford University Press

ISBN: 0198714890

Category: History

Page: 624

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The two centuries after 1800 witnessed a series of sweeping changes in the way in which Britain was governed, the duties of the state, and its role in the wider world. Powerful processes--from the development of democracy, the changing nature of the social contract, war, and economic dislocation--have challenged, and at times threatened to overwhelm, both governors and governed. Such shifts have also presented challenges to the historians who have researched and written about Britain's past politics. This Handbook shows the ways in which political historians have responded to these challenges, providing a snapshot of a field which has long been at the forefront of conceptual and methodological innovation within historical studies. It comprises thirty-three thematic essays by leading and emerging scholars in the field. Collectively, these essays assess and rethink the nature of modern British political history itself and suggest avenues and questions for future research. The Oxford Handbook of Modern British Political History thus provides a unique resource for those who wish to understand Britain's political past and a thought-provoking 'long view' for those interested in current political challenges.

Hamlet's Heirs

Shakespeare and The Politics of a New Millennium

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Author: Linda Charnes

Publisher: Routledge

ISBN: 113450599X

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 168

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Speaking to readers in a voice that is adventurous rather than authoritative, innovative rather than institutional and speculative rather than orthodox, Linda Charnes’ provocative study of Shakespeare’s legacy in contemporary American and British politics explores the following themes: namesake princes and presidents stolen thrones and elections plutocrats and insurgents campaign trails and war-mongering waning monarchy and imperilled democracy revengers, early modern and postmodern. Linked by focused readings of Hamlet and the Henriad, the essays follow Shakespeare’s two most famous royal sons, the Princes Hamlet and Hal, as they haunt contemporary political psychology in the early years of a new millennium, and especially in the aftermath of September 11, 2001. Between devolution in Britain and the new ‘doctrine’ of pre-emptive strike in the United States, our contemporary Hamlets and Hals epitomize a debate – as fraught now as in Shakespeare’ day – about the cost of spin-doctoring legacies. In exploring how current political culture inherits Shakespeare, Hamlet’s Heirs challenges scholarly assumptions about historical periodicity, modernity and the uses of Shakespeare in present day contexts.

British Politics: A Very Short Introduction

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Author: Tony Wright

Publisher: OUP Oxford

ISBN: 0191637084

Category: Political Science

Page: 152

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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 British politics 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 and illustrations. 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. ABOUT THE SERIES: The Very Short Introductions series from Oxford University Press contains hundreds of titles in almost every subject area. These pocket-sized books are the perfect way to get ahead in a new subject quickly. Our expert authors combine facts, analysis, perspective, new ideas, and enthusiasm to make interesting and challenging topics highly readable.

The Political System of Taiwan

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Author: Markus Porsche-Ludwig

Publisher: Nomos Verlagsgesellschaft Mbh & Company

ISBN: N.A

Category: Political Science

Page: 286

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This book provides an introduction to the political system of Taiwan, including basic information on how the political situation has been judged after the presidential election on March 22, 2008. Additionally, the volume describes social organizations, political parties, interest groups, and minorities; and also includes a comparison of the political system in France to that in Taiwan.

Remaking the Union

Devolution and British Politics in the 1990s

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Author: Howard Elcock,Dr Michael Keating

Publisher: Routledge

ISBN: 1136319166

Category: Political Science

Page: 240

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This volume addresses the issues arising from the recent devolution referenda by exploring the historical development of the proposals, the importance of national and regional identities, the changing policies of the political parties and the approaches of business and other major groups towards devolution. It also looks at the impact on electoral reform coming from the proposal that proportional representation be used to elect the regional assemblies and how the new assemblies are to be financed. Finally the book discusses the implications of a devolved British state where different countries and regions achieve different levels of autonomy at different paces.

Pressure Groups in British Politics

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Author: W.N. Coxall

Publisher: Routledge

ISBN: 1317888057

Category: Political Science

Page: 216

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Pressure groups are an important influence on modern politics, with people feeling strongly about single issues, willing to protest, lobby and petition for their cause.

Mosley and British Politics 1918-32

Oswald’s Odyssey

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Author: D. Howell

Publisher: Springer

ISBN: 1137456396

Category: History

Page: 260

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Oswald Mosley has been reviled as a fascist and lamented as the lost leader of both Conservative and Labour Parties. Concerned to articulate the demands of the war generation and to pursue an agenda for economic and political modernization his ultimate rejection of existing institutions and practices led him to fascism.