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Macmillan Higher Education Palgrave Higher Education
Edition 2nd Edition
ISBN 9780230272330
Publication Date August 2011
Formats Hardcover Ebook Paperback 
Publisher Palgrave
Series Palgrave Foundations Series

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 – www.palgrave.com/foundations/leach – 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 Britain.

BILL COXALL was sometime Senior Lecturer in Humanities, Brighton University, UK.

LYNTON ROBINS taught Politics at De Montfort University and was editor of Talking Politics, the journal of the Politics Association. He was Chief Examiner for Government and Politics at A-Level.

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
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
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.


The new edition of this classic text brings it bang up to date. Extremely wide-ranging and very engagingly written, it is a fine introduction to British politics that I will continue to recommend to my students.' - Alan Renwick, University of Reading 'An excellent update with many helpful examples to illustrate the concepts. It remains a comprehensive yet concise and an accessible yet academically rigorous introduction to British politics.' – Thomas Lundberg, University of Glasgow
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