Political Issues in Britain Today

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Bill Jones
Manchester University Press, Jun 12, 1999 - Political Science - 433 pages
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British politics has been revolutionized in the past ten years by two major factors: the hegemony of Thatcherism for eighteen years; and the current dominance of what some say is variant-Blairism--forged in opposition and enthroned in government since May 1997. This volume addresses key political issues which occupy the government and opposition, including: Blair's style of government, the philosophy of the welfare state and the question of its reform, policy-making in the oppressed local government sector, law and order, reform of the voting system, the effect of EU membership on British politics, the much criticized monarchy, privatization, the environment, education, standards in public life, the politics of the health service, and the usefulness of the House of Lords.
 

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Contents

Figures
14
the half empty bottle of reform
25
Tables
26
Contents
27
Reforming the electoral system
42
The present usefulness of the House of Commons
62
Leaders or led? Senior ministers in British government
89
Devolution
105
Crime and punishment
227
too little too late?
245
Boxes
266
standards in public life
281
Party finance
307
The debate about the welfare state
333
Placing New Labour
346
Conservatism after Major
367

List of figures tables and boxes
122
Who makes policy? Policy making in local government
125
raising the standard
139
Reforming welfare
165
Privatisation
181
Britain and the European Union
381
Economic and monetary union
397
Index
418
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Bill Jones is Research Fellow in the Department of Government at the University of Manchester.

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