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Macmillan Higher Education Palgrave Higher Education

Developments in British Politics 10

Edition 10th Edition
ISBN 9781137494733
Publication Date October 2016
Formats Hardcover Ebook Paperback 
Publisher Palgrave

In recent years British politics has seemed increasingly unpredictable. The Conservative Party's return to single-party government in 2015 surprised commentators and the electorate alike, and Labour's choice of Jeremy Corbyn as its leader marked a striking change in direction for the party. Cuts to public welfare and spending have led to growing dissatisfaction among sections of the public, and the increasing popularity of parties critical of the government's immigration, economic and social policies appears to represent a call for fundamental change in British politics. With a question mark hanging over the country's global standing following the EU referendum, and with further calls for Scottish independence, Britain's immediate future seems uncertain.

In the 10th edition of this highly acclaimed text, leading authorities reflect on the latest developments in British politics. Drawing on current research, the chapters provide a state-of-the-art, yet accessible, account of British politics today. All the chapters are newly commissioned for this edition and together they provide a systematic analysis of key trends, issues and debates. Topics covered include the legacy of Cameron's governments, the politics of austerity, immigration, and the question of what, if anything, is distinctively 'British' about the British political system.

RICHARD HEFFERNAN Reader in Government, The Open University, UK.

COLIN HAY Professor of Political Science, Science Po Paris, France and Affiliate Professor of Political Analysis, University of Sheffield, UK.

MEG RUSSELL Professor of British and Comparative Politics and Director of the Constitution Unit, University College London, UK.
PHILIP COWLEY Professor of Politics, Queen Mary University of London, UK.

1. What's British about British politics?; Andrew Gamble.- 2. Britain's Experience of Coalition Government; Tim Bale and Ben Yong.- 3. Voting Behaviour and Electoral Outcomes; Alan Renwick.- 4. The Party System; Paul Webb.- 5. Ideological Politics and the Party System; Michael Kenny.- 6. Parliament;Meg Russell.- 7. Political Recruitment; Philip Cowley.- 8. Political Participation; Maria T. Grasso.- 9. Developments in the Civil Service; Catherine Haddon.- 10. Politics and the News Media; Richard Heffernan.- 11. Governing in Times of Austerity; Deborah Mabbett.- 12. The Politics of Immigration; Maria Sobolewska and Robert Ford.- 13. The United Kingdom and the Scottish Referendum; Charlie Jeffrey.- 14. Britain and the European Union; Andrew Geddes.- 15. Developments in (33 years of) British Politics; Colin Hay.


A unique and invaluable contribution to the field and a superb teaching tool – just like its predecessors! Providing uniformly up-to-date and sharply focused presentations of a broad range of topics, its judicious blend of fact, analysis and interpretation is sure to generate lively and stimulating discussions.' – James Alt, Harvard University
'This series just goes from strength to strength. The latest edition is particularly strong on the changing institutional, social and cultural landscapes of British politics.' – Michael Moran, University of Manchester
'A vital and illuminating book that should be read by anyone interested in the death of new Labour, the unfolding drama of the coalition and the extraordinary context in which it was formed' – Steve Richards, chief political commentator for The Independent
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