Central Debates in British Politics focuses on British politics in a changing social, economic and institutional context. The book explores issues and debates using a variety of approaches and techniques. It is written and edited by a team of leading experts who analyse key issues in a highly structured and thematic manner.


part |2 pages

Part One: Introduction: British Politics in Context

chapter 1|15 pages

The Contexts of British Politics

chapter 2|13 pages

Enduring Questions about Politics

part |2 pages

Part Two: Constitutional Issues

chapter 3|15 pages

Devolution and the Future of the Union I

chapter 5|19 pages

Electoral Reform

chapter 6|14 pages


chapter 7|22 pages

Change in Parliament

chapter 8|16 pages

Europe and the European Union

part |2 pages

Part Three: Representation

chapter 10|14 pages

Elections and Voting

chapter 12|17 pages

The Media and Politics

chapter 13|18 pages


part |2 pages

Part Four: Executives and Governance

chapter 14|16 pages

Prime Minister and Cabinet

chapter 15|24 pages

Ministers, Civil Servants and Advisors

chapter 16|18 pages

New Local Governance

part |2 pages

Part Five: Policy

chapter 17|16 pages

The Economy

chapter 18|12 pages

Health Care Policy

chapter 19|18 pages

Foreign and Defence Policy

chapter 20|22 pages

Environmental Policy

chapter 21|18 pages

Dealing with Moral Issues

part |2 pages

Part Six: Regulation

chapter 22|18 pages

Regulating Society: Quangos

chapter 24|22 pages

The Courts and the Judiciary