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The British Polity

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Edition:
4th
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9780801318443

ISBN10:
0801318440
Format:
Paperback
Pub. Date:
1/1/2000
Publisher(s):
Longman
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Summary

The British Polityis a remarkably lucid, accessible, and thoroughly updated revision of Philip Norton's highly-praised book on the institutions and processes, continuity and change of British politics.Among other topics, its comprehensive coverage examines: political history, the British electoral system, the prime minister, cabinet committees, political parties, interest groups, Parliament, the monarchy, relations with the European Community, and mass media.For those interested in British politics.

Table of Contents

Illustrations and Tables
xi
Preface xiii
About the Author xvii
Useful Internet Sites xix
PART I INTRODUCTION 1(60)
The Contemporary Landscape
3(20)
Land and Population
4(3)
Linguistic and Racial Differences
7(2)
Religion
9(2)
Class
11(3)
Education
14(3)
Marriage and Family
17(1)
Employment
18(2)
Personal Wealth and Taxation
20(1)
Conclusion
21(1)
Notes
22(1)
The Political Culture
23(18)
Political Socialization
24(4)
The Political Culture
28(7)
A Declining Civic Culture?
35(3)
Notes
38(3)
Past and Present: Historical Perspective and Contemporary Problems
41(20)
Historical Perspective
42(12)
British Economic Decline?
54(4)
Notes
58(3)
PART II THE POLITICAL ENVIRONMENT 61(140)
The Uncodified Constitution
63(20)
Forms of Expression
64(1)
Sources
65(3)
Means of Amendment
68(1)
Interpretation
69(1)
Main Provisions
69(7)
The Changing Constitution
76(4)
Conclusion
80(1)
Notes
81(2)
The Electoral System: Campaigns, Voting, And Voters
83(40)
The Electoral Structure
85(17)
Voting Behavior
102(9)
The Current Debate
111(8)
Notes
119(4)
Political Parties: More or Less Than A Two-Party System?
123(46)
The Parties in Britain
124(25)
Third Parties
149(10)
Decline in Party Support
159(6)
Notes
165(4)
Interest Groups: Insiders or Outsiders?
169(32)
Types of Interest Groups
170(2)
The Development of Interest Groups
172(8)
Relations with Government
180(6)
The Period of Conservative Government, 1979-1997
186(5)
Explanations of Group Behavior
191(4)
The Current Debate
195(2)
Conclusion
197(1)
Notes
197(4)
PART III GOVERNMENTAL DECISION MAKING 201(102)
The Executive: Government at the Center
203(36)
The Structure
204(24)
The Current Debate
228(8)
Conclusion
236(1)
Notes
237(2)
The European Union: Government Above the Center
239(22)
From Community to Union
240(9)
Institutions of the EU
249(4)
Elections to the European Parliament
253(2)
The Current Debate
255(4)
Conclusion
259(1)
Notes
260(1)
The New Assemblies: Government Beyond the Center
261(28)
Scotland and Wales
262(8)
Northern Ireland
270(14)
Regional Government in England
284(1)
The Current Debate
285(2)
Conclusion
287(1)
Notes
288(1)
Local Government: Government Below the Center
289(14)
The Changing Structure of Local Government
289(5)
Elections and Members
294(2)
Powers and Finance
296(3)
The Current Debate
299(2)
Notes
301(2)
PART IV SCRUTINY AND LEGITIMATION 303(60)
Parliament: Commons and Lords
305(42)
The House of Commons
308(20)
Links with the Citizen
328(3)
The House of Lords
331(8)
The Current Debate
339(5)
Conclusion
344(1)
Notes
345(2)
The Monarchy: Above the Fray?
347(16)
The Current Debate
351(10)
Conclusion
361(1)
Notes
362(1)
PART V ENFORCEMENT AND FEEDBACK 363(46)
Enforcement: The Courts and the Police
365(24)
The Judicial System
367(8)
The Police Force
375(7)
The Current Debate
382(4)
Conclusion
386(1)
Notes
387(2)
Communication and Feedback: The Mass Media
389(20)
The Press and Broadcasting in Britain
390(4)
A New Source: The Internet
394(1)
Political Influence
395(6)
The Current Debate
401(5)
Conclusion
406(1)
Notes
406(3)
PART VI CONCLUSION 409(20)
Flux and Strength: A Book With Two Themes
411(18)
The Extent of Change
412(1)
Demands for Change
412(7)
The Liberal Approach
419(2)
The Traditional Approach
421(5)
The External Challenges
426(1)
Conclusion
427(1)
Notes
427(2)
Select Reading List 429(8)
Glossary 437(8)
Index 445


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