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British parliamentary parties : policy and power /
Jack Brand.
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Oxford [England] : Clarendon Press ; New York : Oxford University Press, 1992.
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x, 370 p. ; 23 cm.
ISBN
0198277059 (cloth) :
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Oxford [England] : Clarendon Press ; New York : Oxford University Press, 1992.
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0198277059 (cloth) :
catalogue key
3082607
 
Includes bibliographical references (p. [355]-363) and index.
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Appeared in Choice on 1993-02:
This book, written by a political scientist in Scotland, examines the role of the Conservative and Labour parliamentary parties in Britain in the making of government policy since 1945. Contrary to much received opinion, Brand argues that members of Parliament (MPs) are important public figures who get considerable media attention, and that the Parliament plays an important role in the content of legislation as well as in its symbolic function of helping unify the nation. The parliamentary parties are central to the performance of that role. He illustrates his argument by focusing on six policy areas: agriculture, housing, education, Scottish affairs, and economic and defense policies. Brand indicates the many different ways in which backbenchers (nonleaders) can be influential in Parliament, directly affecting policy-making, and indirectly affecting it by their activity in selecting, scrutinizing, and sometimes, helping force the dismissal of the leaders of their party. He also shows the importance of MPs in the activities of their party outside Parliament, such as in the central party organization, conferences, and constituency work. A clearly written book, scholarly in nature, which is intended for specialists in British politics. Graduate; faculty. M. Curtis; Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey, New Brunswick
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'A clearly written book, scholarly in nature, which is intended for specialists in British politics.'M. Curtis, Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey, Choice, Feb '93
'a lot of hard work has gone into this book, which is an important and provocative addition to the literatures on policy making and legislatures'Political Studies
"An extensive and rigorous volume of research, informed both by a knowledge of theory and of the nuances of British parliamentary life....Clear and very readable....A major contribution to the study of Parliament in the United Kingdom, serving, as it does, as a corrective to many current assumptions about the consequences of Parliament. It fills a notable gap in the literature and will constitute the principal work on the subject for many years to come."--American Political Science Review "Presents a useful reminder to those scholars working in the area of policy analysis that elected representatives also are participants in the policymaking proess, and this participation is crucial to democratic governance. The degree to which British Parliamentary Parties is essential reading."--British Politics Group Newsletter
"An extensive and rigorous volume of research, informed both by a knowledge of theory and of the nuances of British parliamentary life....Clear and very readable....A major contribution to the study of Parliament in the United Kingdom, serving, as it does, as a corrective to many current assumptions about the consequences of Parliament. It fills a notable gap in the literature and will constitute the principal work on the subject for many years to come."-- American Political Science Review "Presents a useful reminder to those scholars working in the area of policy analysis that elected representatives also are participants in the policymaking proess, and this participation is crucial to democratic governance. The degree to which British Parliamentary Parties is essential reading."-- British Politics Group Newsletter
"An extensive and rigorous volume of research, informed both by a knowledge of theory and of the nuances of British parliamentary life....Clear and very readable....A major contribution to the study of Parliament in the United Kingdom, serving, as it does, as a corrective to many current assumptions about the consequences of Parliament. It fills a notable gap in the literature and will constitute the principal work on the subject for many years to come."--American Political Science Review "Presents a useful reminder to those scholars working in the area of policy analysis that elected representatives also are participants in the policymaking proess, and this participation is crucial to democratic governance. The degree to whichBritish Parliamentary Partiesis essential reading."--British Politics Group Newsletter
'a thorough study that does far more than bring Lynskey's 20-year-old attempt to assess the extent of backbench influence in modifying government policy up to date. It goes far beyond it, with an extensive and rigorous volume of research, informed both by a knowledge of theory and of thenuances of British parliamentary life ... clear and very readable book. It is the product of extensive and thorough research. The result is a major contribution to the study of Parliament in the United Kingdom ... It fills a notable gap in the literature and will constitute the principal work onthe subject for many years to come'Comparative Politics
'Brand provides a good deal of interesting material on the post-war history of policy-making in the areas he has chosen.'Vernon Bogdanor, Times Higher Education Supplement
'each of the six case studies is well informed and well crafted. To his credit, Brand does not permit his thesis to drive his empirical analysis. His accounts of the policy areas are not at all tendentious ... essential reading'British Politics Group Newsletter
'Brand provides a good deal of interesting material on the post-war history of policy-making in the areas he has chosen.'Vernon Bogdanor, Times Higher Education Supplement'A clearly written book, scholarly in nature, which is intended for specialists in British politics.'M. Curtis, Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey, Choice, Feb '93'a thorough study that does far more than bring Lynskey's 20-year-old attempt to assess the extent of backbench influence in modifying government policy up to date. It goes far beyond it, with an extensive and rigorous volume of research, informed both by a knowledge of theory and of the nuances of British parliamentary life ... clear and very readable book. It is the product of extensive and thorough research. The result is a major contribution to thestudy of Parliament in the United Kingdom ... It fills a notable gap in the literature and will constitute the principal work on the subject for many years to come'Comparative Politics'each of the six case studies is well informed and well crafted. To his credit, Brand does not permit his thesis to drive his empirical analysis. His accounts of the policy areas are not at all tendentious ... essential reading'British Politics Group Newsletter'a lot of hard work has gone into this book, which is an important and provocative addition to the literatures on policy making and legislatures'Political Studies
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Long Description
In this book Jack Brand examines the role of the British Conservative and Labour parliamentary parties in the development of government policy since 1945. Focusing on six major policy fields: agriculture, education, housing, defence, the economy, and Scottish affairs, he argues that the influence of back-benchers has been consistently underestimated, and that the close interdependence of front- and back-benchers frequently produces surprising and significant effects on policy development. Dr Brand concludes that the common perception of back-benchers as powerless to affect the policies of their leaders is misleading, and that they are essential to the development of government policy.
Long Description
This book examines the role of the British Conservative and Labour parliamentary parties in the development of government policy since 1945. Focusing on major policy fields--agriculture, education, housing, defense, the economy, and Scottish affairs--Brand argues that the influence of back-benchers has been consistently underestimated, and that the interdependence of front- and back-benchers frequently produces surprising and significant effects on policy development.
Main Description
In this book, Jack Brand examines the role of the British Conservative and Labour parliamentary parties in the development of government policy since 1945.
Main Description
In this book Jack Brand examines the role of the British Conservative and Labour parliamentary parties in the development of government policy since 1945. Focusing on six major policy fields: agriculture, education, housing, defence, the economy, and Scottish affairs, he argues that the influence of back-benchers has been consistently underestimated, and that the close interdependence of front- and back-benchers frequently produces surprising andsignificant effects on policy development. Dr Brand concludes that the common perception of back-benchers as powerless to affect the policies of their leaders is misleading, and that they are essential to the development of government policy.
Table of Contents
List of Figures
List of Tables
List of Abbreviations
The Power of Parliamentary Partiesp. 1
Models of Legislative Partiesp. 56
Counting Influencep. 94
Power Over Agriculturep. 109
Housing in Parliamentp. 141
Power Over Educationp. 173
Parliament and Policy in Scotlandp. 210
Parties and Economic Policyp. 248
Parties and Defence Policyp. 300
Conclusionp. 341
Bibliographyp. 355
Indexp. 365
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