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Your updated and revised guide to British politics

So, you want to be knowledgeable about British politics but don't know where to start? You've come to the right place! British Politics For Dummies is your essential guide to understanding even the trickiest questions surrounding politics in the UK. In no time, you'll have the confidence to discuss the ins and outs of past and present elections, political leaders, parties and ideologies.

Packed with understandable information on the origins, history and structure of the UK parliamentary system, British Politics For Dummies offers a fascinating glimpse into the rollercoaster world of politics. Explaining everything from key political ideologies and the spread of democracy to the current election process and the differences between political parties, this hands-on, friendly guide is an ideal companion to British politics and elections.

  • Includes expanded coverage of coalition governments, devolution and independence efforts
  • Provides updated information on UKIP and Britain's place in Europe
  • Serves as a helpful guide to elections and British political parties—electoral systems, voting behaviour and trends and the role of pressure groups and the media
  • Offers a fascinating examination of British politics on the world stage

Whether you want to get to grips with British politics and government or build your knowledge beyond the basics, this updated edition of British Politics For Dummies is the place to start.

Auteur

Julian Knight is Money and Property Editor at The Independent on Sunday. Previously, he was a reporter at BBC News, contributing to the BBC News website and Radio Five Live.



Texte du rabat

Learn to:

  • Make sense of elections and Britain’s parties
  • Understand Britain’s relationship with the EU
  • Discover more about politics in Scotland and Wales
  • See just what the Prime Minister and the Cabinet get up to all day

Your one-stop shop for all things British politics

Welcome to the fascinating world of British politics! Whether you’re a student wanting to boost your chances of getting that A grade or just want the inside track on the big issues facing the UK—and the wider world—this guide has you covered.

  • Party on — get to know the electoral systems, voting behaviour and trends and the scoop on political parties
  • Take it to the masses — find out how the rise of social media has shaped and affected British politics
  • Ponder parliament — examine Britain’s constitution and parliamentary democracy, and find out how Westminster makes the laws that affect us all
  • All the world’s a stage — understand Britain’s place on the international stage in the UN, the role of the G8 and G20 and how the EU works

Open the book and find:

  • Why politics and politicians are important
  • An examination of political ideologies
  • A look at great Prime Ministers
  • Major political scandals worth knowing
  • Political events that shaped the modern world
  • Ten political trends in the making
  • How pressure groups influence politicians


Résumé
Your updated and revised guide to British politics

So, you want to be knowledgeable about British politics but don't know where to start? You've come to the right place! British Politics For Dummies is your essential guide to understanding even the trickiest questions surrounding politics in the UK. In no time, you'll have the confidence to discuss the ins and outs of past and present elections, political leaders, parties and ideologies.

Packed with understandable information on the origins, history and structure of the UK parliamentary system, British Politics For Dummies offers a fascinating glimpse into the rollercoaster world of politics. Explaining everything from key political ideologies and the spread of democracy to the current election process and the differences between political parties, this hands-on, friendly guide is an ideal companion to British politics and elections.

  • Includes expanded coverage of coalition governments, devolution and independence efforts
  • Provides updated information on UKIP and Britain's place in Europe
  • Serves as a helpful guide to elections and British political partieselectoral systems, voting behaviour and trends and the role of pressure groups and the media
  • Offers a fascinating examination of British politics on the world stage

Whether you want to get to grips with British politics and government or build your knowledge beyond the basics, this updated edition of British Politics For Dummies is the place to start.



Contenu
Introduction 1

Part I: Getting Started with British Politics 5

Chapter 1: Taking in the Political Universe 7

Chapter 2: Understanding Why Politics and Politicians are Important 21

Chapter 3: Looking at Participatory Democracy 35

Chapter 4: Examining Political Ideologies 49

Chapter 5: Forming the British Political State 67

Part II: Elections and Britain's Parties 81

Chapter 6: Counting the Votes: Differing Electoral Systems 83

Chapter 7: Voting Behaviour and Trends 99

Chapter 8: Homing in on Political Parties 117

Chapter 9: Piling on the Pressure Groups 141

Chapter 10: Scrutinising Politics and the Media 161

Chapter 11: Taking Politics to the Masses: Social Media 175

Part III: The Ins and Outs of Parliament 183

Chapter 12: Examining Britain's Constitution 185

Chapter 13: Britain's Parliamentary Democracy 199

Chapter 14: Gazing at the Summit: The PM and Cabinet 221

Chapter 15: Assessing Ministers and Civil Servants 237

Chapter 16: Taking in the Courts and Judiciary 249

Chapter 17: Laying Bare Local Government and Devolution 261

Chapter 18: Focusing on Devolution and the Independence Debate 271

Part IV: Politics Worldwide 291

Chapter 19: Understanding Britain's Place in the World 293

Chapter 20: Taking In the International Stage 303

Chapter 21: Expanding Horizons: Europe and the EU 317

Chapter 22: Leading the Free World: US Politics 335

Part V: The Part of Tens 353

Chapter 23: Ten Great Prime Ministers 355

Chapter 24: Ten Major Political Scandals 363

Chapter 25: Ten Political Events That Shaped the Modern World 371

Chapter 26: Ten Political Trends for the Future 379

Index 385

Informations sur le produit

Titre: British Politics For Dummies
Auteur:
Code EAN: 9781118971529
ISBN: 978-1-118-97152-9
Protection contre la copie numérique: Adobe DRM
Format: eBook (epub)
Editeur: For Dummies
Genre: Politique
nombre de pages: 424
Parution: 20.01.2015
Année: 2015
Auflage: 2. Aufl.
Sous-titre: Englisch
Taille de fichier: 1.3 MB