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British politics : a very short introduction /
Tony Wright.
edition
2nd ed., fully updated new ed.
imprint
Oxford : Oxford University Press, 2013.
description
xiv, 131 p. : ill. ; 18 cm.
ISBN
0199661103 (pbk.), 9780199661107 (pbk.)
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imprint
Oxford : Oxford University Press, 2013.
isbn
0199661103 (pbk.)
9780199661107 (pbk.)
contents note
The Britishness of British politics -- The constitution : old and new -- Arguing : the political conversation -- Governing : the strong centre? -- Representing : is the party over? -- Accounting : heckling the steamroller? -- The end of British politics?
general note
Previous edition: 2003.
abstract
"From ideas to institutions, and from whips to spin, this Very Short Introduction is a fascinating account of the British political system. As a former Member of Parliament, Tony Wright combines academic expertise with insider knowledge to produce this unique look at British politics today. In this new edition, which is brought right up-to-date and includes a new final chapter, Wright provides a compelling portrait of the distinctive character and evolution of the British political tradition, in light of recent developments and current issues, he also asks some challenging questions about the future prospects of politics in Britain."--
catalogue key
9677179
 
Includes bibliographical references (pages 121-123) and index.
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Review from previous edition: "a useful book" --The Guardian (Review) 28/06/03
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Summaries
Bowker Data Service Summary
This is an interpretative essay on the British political system, rather than just an abbreviated textbook on how it currently works. The author identifies key characteristics and ideas of the British tradition.
Long Description
Tony Wright's Very Short Introduction to British Politics is an interpretative essay on the British political system, rather than an abbreviated textbook on how it currently works. He identifies key characteristics and ideas of the British tradition, and investigates what makes British politics distinctive, while emphasizing throughout how these characteristics are reflected in the way the political system functions. Each chapter is organized around a key theme, such as theconstitution or political accountability, which is first established and then explored with examples and illustrations. In this new edition Wright considers how the system has recently changed and continues to do so, in light of the coalition government and the fall of New Labour, as well as the impact of the financial crisis and issues such as terrorism and immigration.
Main Description
British politics, notes Tony Wright, is arguably Britain's greatest gift to the world. In thisVery Short Introduction,Wright offers a brilliant interpretative essay on the British political system. The author, an academic and recent Member of Parliament, illuminates the key characteristics and ideas of the British tradition, and investigates what makes British politics distinctive, while emphasizing throughout the book how these characteristics are reflected in the way the political system actually functions. Each chapter is organized around a key theme, such as the constitution or political accountability, which is first established and then explored with examples and illustrations. This in turn provides a perspective for a discussion of how the system is changing, looking in particular at devolution and Britain's place in Europe. For the second edition, Wright considers how the system continues to evolve in light of the fall of New Labour, the arrival of David Cameron, and "big society" thinking and he explores the impact of issues such as immigration and terrorism, parliamentary scandal, and the financial crash of 2008. About the Series: Oxford's Very Short Introductions series offers concise and original introductions to a wide range of subjects--from Islam to Sociology, Politics to Classics, Literary Theory to History, and Archaeology to the Bible. Not simply a textbook of definitions, each volume in this series provides trenchant and provocative--yet always balanced and complete--discussions of the central issues in a given discipline or field. Every Very Short Introduction gives a readable evolution of the subject in question, demonstrating how the subject has developed and how it has influenced society. Eventually, the series will encompass every major academic discipline, offering all students an accessible and abundant reference library. Whatever the area of study that one deems important or appealing, whatever the topic that fascinates the general reader, the Very Short Introductions series has a handy and affordable guide that will likely prove indispensable.
Main Description
Tony Wright's Very Short Introduction to British Politics is an interpretative essay on the British political system, rather than an abbreviated textbook on how it currently works. He identifies key characteristics and ideas of the British tradition, and investigates what makes British politics distinctive, while emphasizing throughout how these characteristics are reflected in the way the political system functions. Each chapter is organized around a key theme, such as the constitution or political accountability, which is first established and then explored with examples and illustrations. In this new edition Wright considers how the system has recently changed and continues to do so, in light of the coalition government and the fall of New Labour, as well as the impact of the financial crisis and issues such as terrorism and immigration.
Main Description
Tony Wright's Very Short Introduction to British Politics is an interpretative essay on the British political system, rather than an abbreviated textbook on how it currently works. He identifies key characteristics and ideas of the British tradition, and investigates what makes Britishpolitics distinctive, while emphasizing throughout how these characteristics are reflected in the way the political system functions. Each chapter is organized around a key theme, such as the constitution or political accountability, which is first established and then explored with examples andillustrations. In this new edition Wright considers how the system has recently changed and continues to do so, in light of the coalition government and the fall of New Labour, as well as the impact of the financial crisis and issues such as terrorism and immigration.
Table of Contents
Prefacep. xii
List of illustrationsp. xiii
The Britishness of British politicsp. 1
The constitution: old and newp. 17
Arguing: the political conversationp. 35
Governing: the strong centre?p. 52
Representing: is the party over?p. 70
Accounting: heckling the steamroller?p. 86
The end of British politics?p. 104
Further readingp. 121
Indexp. 125
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