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Macmillan Higher Education Palgrave Higher Education

Between Europe and America

The Future of British Politics

ISBN 9780333555705
Publication Date March 2004
Formats Hardcover Paperback 
Publisher Palgrave

British politics has been crucially shaped by England's role as pioneer of capitalism, by the experience of Empire, and by the particular form of its union with Scotland, Ireland and Wales. With the decline of Empire the attempt to bridge Europe and America has become ever more central to Britain's identity, political economy and ideology. In this major new book, Andrew Gamble assesses the major transformations of British politics under Thatcher and Blair and the stark choices for the future at the start of the 21st century.
Winner of the W. J. M. Mackenzie Prize for best book published in political science in 2003.

  • Winner of the Sir Isaiah Berlin Prize For Lifetime Contribution To Political Studies

ANDREW GAMBLE is Professor of Politics and Director of the Political Economy Research Centre, University of Sheffield. He is joint editor of New Political Economy and Political Quarterly and his many books include Britain in Decline, The Free Economy and the Strong State and Hayek: The Iron Cage of Liberty.

English Questions
The World Island
State of the Union
The Empire Within
Reluctant Europeans
The English Model
Conservative Schisms
Labour Old and New
The Future of British Politics.


Like a soaring distress flare, Andrew Gamble's new book throws sudden and merciless light on the shipwreck of British policies. The English imperial state, drifting rudderless since the humiliations of the Iraq crisis, is about to hit the reef which it has tried to avoid for so long: the choice between European identity and the American special relationship. Gamble reveals what may happen to the passengers – and what illusions and misreadings of the chart over so many years deceived the crew.' – Neal Ascheson
'Scholarly, readable, well-reasoned and full of insights, Between Europe and America captures the defining question about British politics in the early 21st century. Building on his earlier writings about the British state, Andrew Gamble is superbly equipped to probe both the domestic and the geo-political implications of the choice that has to be made.' – Hugo Young
'[A] brilliant analysis of the long historical roots of Britain's ambiguous attitude to the EU.' – John Rentoul, The Independent
'[A] readable and critical synthesis linking together not only domestic and international developments but also past and present as a foundation for articulating future possibilities ... .a recommended read for staff and students seeking a broad view of contemporary British politics and history.' – Peter J. Beck, Political Studies Review
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