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Macmillan Higher Education Palgrave Higher Education

Politics and Governance in the UK

Edition 3rd Edition
ISBN 9781137365965
Publication Date September 2015
Formats Paperback Hardcover 
Publisher Palgrave

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 and this new edition takes particular account of the increasingly regulatory nature of the British state. Extensively revised throughout and taking account of the 2015 General Election, the Scottish independence referendum and changing relations with the European Union, the third edition provides an up-to-date examination of the British political landscape.

Written with clarity and a consistent style, this text takes full account of the range of theoretical approaches used in the study of British politics as well as of the actors and institutions involved in contemporary governance. 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.

*New 2017 updated edition covers both the 2016 EU Referendum and the 2017 General Election, as well as their repercussions for British politics.*

Michael Moran is Professor of Government at the Manchester Business School, University of Manchester, UK, where he also previously held the W.J.M. Mackenzie Chair in Government. A Fellow of the British Academy, he is a past editor of Political Studies and Government and Opposition.

1. Why Politics Matters And Why British Politics Matters
2. Politics And Policy In A Capitalist Democracy
3. The Constitution And The British Political Culture
4. The Core Executive In The Westminster System
5. Departments And Agencies In The Westminster System
6. Representing Interests In The Westminster System
7. Parliament In The Westminster System
8. Devolved Government In Northern Ireland
9. From Devolution To Dissolution: Governing Scotland And Wales
10. The Worlds Of Local And Regional Government: Multi-Level Governance In Action
11. Europeanizing British Government
12. Parties And Their Organization
13. Parties And Their Ideologies
14. How Citizens Participate
15. How Political Communication Happens
16. How Elections Are Decided
17. How Leaders Are Selected
18. Understanding Policy Under Multilevel Governance
19. Managing Resource Raising And Allocation
20. Managing Justice And Security
21. Managing, Protecting And Creating Citizen Rights
22. 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'. – Nicola Smith, University of Birmingham, UK
'Comprehensive and accessible and yet engaging and innovative at the same time, the latest edition of this landmark text provides a judicious and creatively illustrated mix of theory, commentary and analysis. Moran brings the trials and tribulations of British politics alive as never before.' – Colin Hay, Sciences Po, France
Review of previous edition:
'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 has established itself as the best introductory text for students of British politics. This new edition draws on the latest research and most recent political developments to provide an unrivalled account of the way Britain is governed. – Andrew Gamble, University of Sheffield and University of Cambridge, UK
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