British Politics: A Very Short Introduction

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OUP Oxford, May 22, 2003 - Political Science - 136 pages
Tony Wright's Very Short Introduction to British Politics is an interpretative essay on the British political system, rather than merely 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 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.

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This book is less 'A Very Short Introduction' for the casual reader and more an illuminating essay on the idiosyncrasies of the British political system for a student of politics. In my opinion the ... Read full review


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The Britishness of British politics
The political constitution
the political conversation
the strong centre
party rules
heckling the steamroller
The end of British politics?
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