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Macmillan Higher Education Palgrave Higher Education

Politics and Governance in the UK

Edition 2nd edition
ISBN 9780230289987
Publication Date March 2011
Formats Hardcover Ebook (PDF) Paperback 
Publisher Palgrave Macmillan

Politics and Governance in the UK provides a comprehensive introduction to twenty-first century British politics. The multi-level character of government is fully reflected in the content and structure of the book, with the impact of EU membership and evolution given even greater coverage in this new edition. The second edition has been revised and updated throughout and takes full account of the outcome and impact of the 2010 general election.

Sole authorship and the author's long experience of introducing students to British politics is reflected in the book's carefully designed structure and full coverage, as well as in its even and consistent style. Particular attention is paid to integrating the illustrative material with the surrounding text. This material:

■ illuminates key issues, processes and events
■ documents what the state and governing institutions actually do
■ provides an insight, illustrated by cartoons and numerous other images, into the human face of politics.

MICHAEL MORAN Holds the WJM Mackenzie Chair in Government at the University of Manchester, UK. A Fellow of the British Academy and the Academy of Social Sciences, he is a past editor of Political Studies and Government and Opposition.

Why Politics Matters and Why British Politics Matters
Britain as a Capitalist Democracy
Britain in a Globalizing World 
Culture, Constitutions and British Politics
Europeanizing British Politics 
The Core Executive in the Westminster System
Departments and Agencies in the Westminster System
Representing Interests in the Westminster System
Parliament in the Westminster System
The Devolved Systems of Governance: Scotland and Wales
Devolved Government in Northern Ireland 
The Worlds of Local and Regional Government: Multi-level Governance in Action
How Citizens Participate
Parties and their Organization
Parties and their Ideologies
How Political Communication Happens
How Elections are Decided 
How Leaders are Selected
Understanding Policy Under Multi-level Governance
Raising and Allocating Resources
The State, Public Order and Security
The State and the Citizen
Understanding the British State, Theories and Evidence


'Rigorously-researched, theoretically-informed, and, above all, incredibly readable, Politics and Governance in the UK is, quite simply, a tour de force of a textbook. It is an absolute "must read" for all students of British politics'. - Dr Nicola Smith, University of Birmingham, UK
'Comprehensive, accessible, engaging and highly innovative, the second edition of this landmark text provides a judicious and creatively illustrated mix of theory, commentary and analysis. Moran brings British politics alive as never before.' - Colin Hay, University of Sheffield, UK
'Unlike many British politics texts, Moran succeeds in weaving theoretical debates directly into the narrative, producing a comprehensive and readable volume that is easily accessible to students both inside and outside the UK.' – Terrence Casey, Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology, USA, and Executive Director of the APSA British Politics Group
'Politics and Governance in the UK provides one of the best and most illuminating frameworks for understanding the way Britain is governed. Revised to take account of the most recent research, the new edition is essential reading for all students of British politics.' – Andrew Gamble, University of Cambridge, UK
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