British Government and Politics: A Comparative Guide by Duncan Watts

By Duncan Watts

This middle textual content meets the wishes of these excited by classes when it comes to the British political procedure. the writer examines the associations and practices of British executive and politics and makes selective comparisons with the adventure of alternative nations, frequently liberal democracies.In every one bankruptcy, there's a normal comparative research of the topic, by means of an intensive exam of the location in Britain. 3 examples from abroad are then in short explored.Key Features:• accessibly written, trustworthy and up to date• bargains an enticing and penetrating research of the political scene in Britain• makes use of details and examples derived from the 2005 election• informs the dialogue of British politics via making acceptable overseas comparisons (July 2010)

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Dicey’s The Law of the Constitution (1885) is similarly regarded as a classic analysis of the evolution and operation of British governing arrangements at the time. g. the Parliament Acts (1911 and 1949), both of which trimmed the powers of the House of Lords; the Scotland Act (1998) that established the Scottish Parliament. The nature and operation of UK electoral systems and the structures and 34 British Government and Politics powers of local government are both matters covered primarily in statutes.

Park et al. (eds), British Social Attitudes: The 12th Report, Dartmouth Publishing, 1995. Great Britain 2005, the handbook produced by the Government Information Service, provides a fund of statistical information and comment on policy developments and institutional changes, covering the whole range of social, economic and political issues. R. Inglehart, Modernisation and Postmodernisation: Cultural, Economic and Social Change in 43 Societies, Princeton University Press, 1997. B. ), Politics UK, Prentice Hall, 2004.

Germany is the only contender, though for less than fifty years . . The case for reform is not that Britain’s governance is chronically bad, but that it could be so much better. It could be so if Westminster revived its once proud tradition of incremental reform to adapt Britain’s governing institutions to the times . . since the First World War, inflexibility has been the rule. Philip Norton12 also adopted the moderate perspective. Conceding that there was a need for change, he argued for the strengthening of Parliament, the abolition or reduction of quangos and the devolving of more power to citizens at the local level.

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