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Macmillan Higher Education Palgrave Higher Education

Mastering British Politics

Edition 5th Edition
ISBN 9780230000124
Publication Date October 2007
Formats Paperback 
Publisher Palgrave
Series Palgrave Master Series

Containing all the information and analysis needed to understand the British system of Government and politics, Mastering British Politics is an essential text. This fifth edition has been fully revised and updated to reflect the results of and developments since the 2005 General Election.

F. N. FORMAN has taught British politics at college and university level. He was a Member of Parliament from 1976 to 1997 and served as a P.P.S. in the Foreign Office and the Treasury, and was also a Minister for Further and Higher Education.

N.D.J. BALDWIN has written and lectured extensively on British politics. A former Parliamentary candidate and one-time assistant to a group of peers in the House of Lords, he is currently director of Wroxton College in Oxfordshire, the British campus of Farleigh Dickinson University.

List of Figures
Preface
Acknowledgements
PART 1: THE POLITICAL AND ELECTORAL CONTEXT British Political Culture
The Evolving Constitution
The Electoral System
Voting Behaviour
PART 2: SOURCES OF POWER, PRESSURE AND OPINION The Political Parties
Pressure Groups
The Media
Public Opinion
PART 3: PARLIAMENT The Monarchy
The House of Lords
The House of Commons
PART 4: CENTRAL GOVERNMENT Prime Minister and Cabinet
Ministers and Departments
The Civil Service
PART 5: THE CHANGING ROLE OF THE STATE From Provider to Enabler and Regulator
Devolved and Regional Government
Local Government
The Legal System
PART 6: DEMOCRACY IN BRITAIN The Citizen and the State
Britain in Europe
British Parliamentary Democracy
Index.

Reviews

This new edition maintains and builds on the strength of its predecessors, providing a judicious balance of context, clearly presented information, and analogies.' - Michael Rush, Emeritus Professor of Politics, University of Exeter, UK
'Mastering British Politics has two experienced authors who know what they are about. The book is well-written and comprehensive in its coverage. It provides an excellent introduction to the subject.' - Dr Robert Borthwick, University of Leicester, UK
'Just right for anyone wanting an up-to-date, compact and wide-ranging description n of how we are governed, why, and how politics influences government.' - George Jones, Emeritus Professor of Government, London School of Economics and Political Science, UK
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