Understanding US/UK Government and Politics: A Comparative Guide

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Manchester University Press, 2003 - LITERARY CRITICISM - 333 pages
A further volume in the Understanding Politics series, this textbook has been written specifically for A2-level students and covers the comparative dimension of advanced level study. It follows closely the syllabuses of the main examination boards, being particularly helpful for those requiring a direct comparison between the two political systems. Clear and accessible in style, it offers insights into the similiarities and differences between British and American politics. These are summarized in useful boxes at the end of each chapter, where there are also details of relevant websites and likely examination questions. politics operates in Britain and the US, noting aspects of the history and social structure of each country before exploring the concept of political culture. The underlying ideals and values of British and American people are compared and the book goes on to analyse the constitution before considering the executive, legislative and judicial branches of government in detail. In addition, the nature of American federalism and moves towards federal devolution in the UK are assessed. Political parties, the media and elections, pressure groups and voting are all extensively covered, with some concluding thoughts on the current condition of democracy in Britain and the US. comparative terms. It offers students the chance to boost their knowledge and understanding of the two political systems and provides the basis for a strong comparative response to any likely A2 question.

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Constitutions 26
Protecting liberties advancing rights 46
Executives 66
Legislatures 106
Judiciaries 139
Governance beyond the centre 155
Political parties 178
Pressure groups 219
The mass media 243
Voting and elections 269
Democracy in theory and practice 305

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Duncan Watts is the current Editor at the Politics Association Resource Centre.

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