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British politics today
Jones, Bill, 1946-
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Sixth edition.
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Washington, D.C. : CQ Press, 1998.
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x, 261 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm.
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British politics has undergone tremendous changes in the past 30 years, and British Politics Today -- a best-seller in the U.K. over the course of five editions -- is the book to make those changes understandable to American readers. Now available in the U.S. through CQ Press, this new sixth edition analyzes and interprets the changing mosaic of political life in Britain since the 1970s, including Tony Blair's victory and the reasons for New Labour's success. Each chapter has been completely revised and updated for the new edition, and a new chapter on opinion polls is included.

Author Notes

Bill Jones is Research Fellow in the Department of Government at the University of Manchester. Dennis Kavanagh is Professor of Politics at the University of Liverpool.

Table of Contents

List of boxes, figures and tablesp. vi
Introductionp. ix
1 Britain since 1945p. 1
2 The social and economic context of politicsp. 10
3 Political culturep. 22
4 Changing political ideasp. 31
5 The changing party systemp. 45
6 The changing constitutionp. 56
7 The electoral system and representationp. 66
8 Opinion pollsp. 76
9 Electoral behaviourp. 85
10 Political recruitmentp. 94
11 The media and politicsp. 105
12 The monarchy and the House of Lordsp. 118
13 The House of Commonsp. 133
14 The redress of citizens' grievancesp. 150
15 The role of the Prime Ministerp. 157
16 The civil servicep. 170
17 Government and the economyp. 179
18 Pressure groupsp. 194
19 Is local government necessary?p. 208
20 Britain and the European Unionp. 225
21 Political conceptsp. 234
Indexp. 245