British Politics Today
Since the 1970s British politics has undergone something of a revolution: the collapse of strong class allegiance to parties; the recovery of an economy once perceived to be in terminal decline; the near 20-year rule of the Tories; and the extraordinary emergence and establishment of the Blaire New Labour Party. Together with these changes we have also seen: the reshaping of the civil service; the establishment of devolved assemblies; the reform of the Lords; the decline of ideology; the apparent crushing of the Conservative Party; and the ubiquity of media management as a tool of political persuasion.
From Diane Abbott to George Young, via Keynesianism and Thatcherism, this book is a student reference guide to British politics. With over 1000 entries, it covers the personalities, policies and institutions that have shaped British politics.
Combines historical analysis with a sharp commentary upon the modern political scene. Reflects the key, recent developments in British Party Politics, such as the 1997 general election, 'New Labour' and the emergence of William Hague as Conservative Party leader. A welcome new second edition of a successful text. Tailored to the demands of A Level and Undergraduate students.
Written by a group of international scholars, this volume provides a comprehensive and contemporary overview of the major issues dominating British politics and examines key developments. This collection provides both a teaching resource and a focus for debate by academics and researchers.
A comprehensive reference book for anyone interested in Britiush politics, covering modern history, institutions, ideas, key terms and key political biographies.