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British Polity, The, CourseSmart eTextbook, 5th Edition

By Philip Norton

Published by Pearson

Published Date: May 14, 2010

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The British Polity is an engaging and comprehensive survey of the structure and process of British government. Offering an insider’s analysis, Philip Norton examines the debates surrounding Britain’s political history and culture, constitution, parties and elections, branches of government, media, and relations with the European Union. Throughout, The British Polity follows a theme of continuity and change that draws on historical and institutional knowledge and that helps to explain contemporary British politics.

 

“This is the best book available on British government. Norton explains perfectly how institutions work in practice as well as in theory; he gives a nuanced and balanced picture of both structure and process.”–James Alt, Harvard University

Table of Contents

PART I. INTRODUCTION

Chapter 1. The Contemporary Landscape

Chapter 2. The Political Culture

Chapter 3. Past and Present: Historical Perspective and Legacies

 

PART II. POLITICAL ENVIRONMENT

Chapter 4. The Uncodified Constitution

Chapter 5. The Electoral System: Campaigns, Voting, and Voters

Chapter 6. Political Parties: More or Less than a Two-Party System?

Chapter 7. Interest Groups: Insiders or Outsiders?

 

PART III. GOVERNMENTAL DECISION MAKING

Chapter 8. The Executive: Government at the Center

Chapter 9.  The European Union: Government Above the Center

Chapter 10. The New Assemblies: Government Beyond the Center

Chapter 11. Local Government: Government Below the Center

 

PART IV. SCRUTINY AND LEGITIMATION

Chapter 12. Parliament: Commons and Lords

Chapter 13. The Monarchy: Above the Fray?

 

PART V. ENFORCEMENT AND FEEDBACK

Chapter 14. Enforcement: The Courts and the Police

Chapter 15. Communication and Feedback: The Mass Media

 

PART VI. CONCLUSION

Chapter 16. Future directions: The Polity Under challenge

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