Parliament in British Politics

Author: Philip Norton

Publisher: Macmillan International Higher Education

ISBN: 1137320958

Category: Political Science

Page: 352

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This fully revised new edition includes expanded coverage of Parliament's relationship with the courts, devolved assemblies and the European Union. Distinctively, the book goes beyond the usual focus of Parliament-Government relations to encompass policy-makers beyond Whitehall and Parliament's broader relationship with citizens.

The British Study of Politics in the Twentieth Century

Author: Jack Hayward,Brian Barry,Archie Brown

Publisher: Oxford University Press

ISBN: 9780197262948

Category: History

Page: 528

View: 6904


A collection of articles about British studies relating to various political issues including: totalitarianism, individualism, pluralism, political parties, elections, political institutions, public administration, nationalism, authoritarianism, and international relations.

Ceremony and Ritual in Parliament

Author: Shirin M. Rai

Publisher: Routledge

ISBN: 1317966589

Category: Political Science

Page: 130

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Ceremony and Ritual in Parliament breaks new ground in the study of legislatures. It combines mainstream historical and social science approaches with cultural theory to consider how parliamentary ritual is constructed through ceremony, space and socialisation. The focus is on the marginalised groups especially women and members of ethnic minorities who seek inclusion as representatives in democratic legislatures. This book assesses aspects of the role that ceremony and ritual in legislatures play, especially but not exclusively, in their gendered and racialised dimensions. Within this broad frame, it considers the impact of space, identity, ritual and/or ceremony on the institutional form of parliament, how power is shaped within it, how the behaviour of members is facilitated, constrained and shaped, how power and rituals interact to and how they impinge upon the relationships between representative institutions and citizens. Contributions are theoretical and empirical, comparative or single-country studies of national or sub-national legislatures. They have interdisciplinary, historical, or postcolonial perspectives that contribute to this emerging field in the study of parliaments. This book was previously published as a special issue of the Journal of Legislative Studies.

Verfassungsreform im Einheitsstaat

Die Politik der Dezentralisierung in Großbritannien

Author: Michael Münter

Publisher: Springer-Verlag

ISBN: 9783531148229

Category: Political Science

Page: 297

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Die Studie analysiert unter Verwendung eines neueren und innovativen Theorieansatzes der Policy-Forschung (Multiple Streams) die Willensbildungs-, Handlungs- und Wirkungsprozesse der Dezentralisierungspolitik (Devolution) in Großbritannien. Betrachtet wird die Entwicklung für Schottland und Wales zwischen 1885 und 2005. Im Ergebnis zeigt sich, dass die asymmetrische Entwicklung keineswegs zufällig ist, sondern bewusst geplant und umgesetzt wurde. Die Unterschiedlichkeit der Traditionen sowie weitere strukturelle Differenzen zwischen Schottland und Wales bilden hierfür die Kontextbedingungen. Unter Einbeziehung und Beachtung dieser strukturellen Variablen wird allerdings deutlich, dass vor allem die spezifischen Akteurskonstellationen sowie die daraus resultierenden politischen Prozesse die asymmetrischen Resultate in Schottland und Wales erklären.

Politics UK

Author: Bill Jones,Philip Norton

Publisher: Routledge

ISBN: 1317581032

Category: Political Science

Page: 640

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The revised and updated eighth edition of the bestselling textbook Politics UK is an indispensible introduction to British politics. It provides a thorough and accessible overview of the institutions and processes of British government, a good grounding in British political history and an incisive introduction to the issues facing Britain today. With contributed chapters from respected scholars in the field and contemporary articles on real-world politics from well-known political commentators, this textbook is an essential guide for students of British politics. The eighth edition welcomes brand new material from eight new contributors to complement the rigorously updated and highly valued chapters retained from the previous edition. The eighth edition includes: · Britain in context boxes offering contrasting international perspectives of themes in British politics. · A comprehensive 'who's who' of politics in the form of Profile boxes featuring key political figures. · And another thing ... pieces: short articles written by distinguished commentators including Jonathan Powell, Michael Moran and Mark Garnett. · Fully updated chapters plus new material providing excellent coverage of contemporary political events including: The Leveson Inquiry, the aftermath of the 2011 riots and the House of Lords reform. · A vibrant and accessible new design to excite and engage students as the work through a variety of political topics. · A new epilogue to the book offering a critical perspective of the trials and tribulations of the Coalition Government, including an overview of the major differences that divide the coalition partners.

Women and British Party Politics

Descriptive, Substantive and Symbolic Representation

Author: Sarah Childs

Publisher: Routledge

ISBN: 1134211570

Category: Political Science

Page: 240

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Women and British Party Politics examines the characteristics of women’s participation at the mass and elite level in contemporary British politics; as voters, party members and elected representatives respectively. It explores what this means for ideas about, and the practice of, descriptive, substantive and symbolic representation. The main focus is on the feminization of British party politics - the integration of women into formal political institutions and the integration of women’s concerns and perspectives into political debate and policy - in the post-1997 period. Not only specifically designed to bring together cutting-edge conceptual developments in the sub-discipline of gender and politics, with robust British empirical research, this book also presents reflections on how best to study gender and politics. The empirical findings which are presented through the extensive use of case studies derive from a range of research projects which were undertaken over a period of ten years, and which make use of a variety of research methods and techniques. This book will appeal to all those with an interest in British Politics, Feminism and European Studies; and will provide the reader with an overview of the complex relationship between sex, gender and politics in a conceptually sophisticated fashion.

Women and Power in Parliamentary Democracies

Cabinet Appointments in Western Europe, 1968-1992

Author: Rebecca Howard Davis

Publisher: U of Nebraska Press

ISBN: 9780803217072

Category: Political Science

Page: 137

View: 543


Margaret Thatcher, Mary Robinson, Gro Harlem Brundtland, Edith Cresson, and Simone Veil?these contemporary world leaders are as noteworthy for their gender as they are for the political directions they have provided. Indeed, female government leaders are so rare as to be almost an intellectual curiosity. ø Why is this the case? Why do women, who make up more than half of the world?s population, occupy so few positions at the highest levels of political power? Why are women making inroads in government in some countries while not in others? And what difference does women?s presence?or absence?make in terms of policy outcomes? ø Davis addresses these questions by examining women?s access to power through appointive channels in Western European parliamentary and parliamentary-type systems. Tracing women?s participation from 1968 to 1992 in fifteen countries, she accounts for the variation from high levels of women?s representation in Norway and Sweden to low levels in Italy and Britain. ø Little research on women and elections extends beyond the United States and Britain. Even less exists on women?s access to power through appointive channels. By comparatively examining the elite recruitment of women through appointments, this work fills a critical gap.

Issues in Political Systems Research: 2011 Edition

Author: N.A

Publisher: ScholarlyEditions

ISBN: 1464966265

Category: Political Science

Page: 454

View: 7535


Issues in Political Systems Research / 2011 Edition is a ScholarlyEditions™ eBook that delivers timely, authoritative, and comprehensive information about Political Systems Research. The editors have built Issues in Political Systems Research: 2011 Edition on the vast information databases of ScholarlyNews.™ You can expect the information about Political Systems Research in this eBook to be deeper than what you can access anywhere else, as well as consistently reliable, authoritative, informed, and relevant. The content of Issues in Political Systems Research: 2011 Edition has been produced by the world’s leading scientists, engineers, analysts, research institutions, and companies. All of the content is from peer-reviewed sources, and all of it is written, assembled, and edited by the editors at ScholarlyEditions™ and available exclusively from us. You now have a source you can cite with authority, confidence, and credibility. More information is available at

Cameron and the Conservatives

The Transition to Coalition Government

Author: Timothy Heppell,David Seawright

Publisher: Palgrave Macmillan

ISBN: 0230314104

Category: Political Science

Page: 268

View: 3681


Specialists in Conservative Party politics examine the effectiveness of the Cameron led coalition. The contributors examine Cameron as leader and Prime Minister; the Conservatives' modernization strategy; the level of ideological coherence in "liberal conservatism"; and the impact of the coalition on a range of policy areas and on "New" Labour.

Euroscepticism in Contemporary British Politics

Opposition to Europe in the Conservative and Labour Parties since 1945

Author: Anthony Forster

Publisher: Routledge

ISBN: 1134445512

Category: Political Science

Page: 168

View: 2636


Anthony Forster argues that euroscepticism, in addition to being a political stance, displays the seeds of becoming a new faith. Through a detailed analysis of British post-war politics, he shows the development of a core set of beliefs, a history of persecution, displays of moral rectitude in opposing Europe and the power of scepticism to change existing beliefs. This challenging new history of euroscepticism will be a valuable resource for undergraduate students of politics and European studies.

Policy Making in Britain

An Introduction

Author: Peter Dorey

Publisher: SAGE

ISBN: 1473905079

Category: Political Science

Page: 344

View: 9847


Introducing you to the public policy making process in Britain today, this book adopts an empirical approach to the study of policy making by relating theory to actual developments in Britain since the 1980s. It covers: Ideas, Problem Definition, Issues and Agenda-Setting Key Individuals Key Institutions Parliament and Public Policy Implementation The shift from Government to Governance (including marketization, and devolution) The increasing role of the private and voluntary sectors in policy delivery Internationalisation and Europeanization of policies and policy making Evaluation, audits and the New Public Management Each chapter is enriched by recent real-life case studies and boxes illustrating key arguments, concepts and empirical developments. Taking into account the 2010 election and beyond, the book addresses current issues, developments and debates. The result is a contemporary and engaging text that will be required reading for all students of British politics, public policy and public administration.

Women and Politics in Contemporary Ireland

From the Margins to the Mainstream

Author: Yvonne Galligan

Publisher: A&C Black

ISBN: 9781855674332

Category: Political Science

Page: 184

View: 6110


As Ireland made the transition from a rural to a post-industrial society from the 1970s onwards, Irish women developed a significant political voice. Long excluded from participation in the civic arena, they organised to make new, challenging and specific demands on government. The relationship between feminist representatives and political decision makers is at the core of this book. It shows how Irish women developed the political skills required to represent women's interests to government effectively, and finds that the political activity of the women's movement in the Republic of Ireland contributed to the dismantling of a range of discriminatory policies against women. Galligan discusses the compromises made by both sides as the political system slowly moved to accomodate the feminist agenda. In doing so, she explores the dynamics of Irish politics from a different, yet complementary, perspective from the institutional approach which characterizes other studies of the Irish political system. This book clearly marks the significant points in the creation of a more woman-friendly society in Ireland from the 1970s to the present day. It is the story of women's rights in contemporary Ireland.

Political Ideology in Britain

Author: Robert Leach

Publisher: Macmillan International Higher Education

ISBN: 1137332565

Category: Political Science

Page: 320

View: 8426


As well as introducing the "mainstream" ideologies of Liberalism, Conservatism and Socialism, this text examines challenges from nationalist, feminist and Green thinkers, amongst others. Now in its third edition, it includes a new chapter on anarchism and assesses the continuing disillusionment of Britain with the ideas of the "Westminster elite".

The Contemporary House of Lords

Westminster Bicameralism Revived

Author: Meg Russell

Publisher: Oxford University Press

ISBN: 0199671567

Category: Law

Page: 332

View: 2073


The first book to give a detailed portrait of the House of Lords since the landmark reform of 1999 which removed most of its hereditary members, it asks who sits in the chamber, how it operates, and crucially what policy impact the House of Lords has. It shows that the Lords now has a more diverse and modern membership than many would assume. Close study of today's House of Lords demolishes some common myths about both British politics and the way that two chamberparliaments work. This book, as well as focusing on the contemporary Lords, provides a historical and comparative context for British bicameralism, asks whether the Lords can be considered'legitimate', and describes recent reform efforts and possible reforms for the future.

Factional Politics

How Dominant Parties Implode or Stabilize

Author: Françoise Boucek

Publisher: Springer

ISBN: 1137283920

Category: Political Science

Page: 273

View: 6335


Drawing on theories of neo-institutionalism to show how institutions shape dissident behaviour, Boucek develops new ways of measuring factionalism and explains its effects on office tenure. In each of the four cases - from Britain, Canada, Italy and Japan - intra-party dynamics are analyzed through times series and rational choice tools.

Prime Ministers in Power

Political Leadership in Britain and Australia

Author: M. Bennister

Publisher: Springer

ISBN: 0230378447

Category: Political Science

Page: 222

View: 1674


A study of prime ministerial leadership in Britain and Australia. Tony Blair and John Howard were election winning leaders in two similar countries. They succeeded in dominating politics for over 10 years, but both fell dramatically from office. This book asks how these prime ministers established such predominant positions.

Devolution and British Politics

Author: Michael O'Neill

Publisher: Longman

ISBN: 9780582472747

Category: History

Page: 388

View: 1620


First published in 2003. Routledge is an imprint of Taylor & Francis, an informa company.

The Parliament of 1624

Politics and Foreign Policy

Author: Robert E. Ruigh

Publisher: Harvard University Press

ISBN: 9780674652255

Category: History

Page: 434

View: 2613


In 1624 James I invited Parliament to discuss issues of war and peace, setting a precedent which would make yet another inroad into the ancient prerogatives of the crown. The so-called "Happy Parliament" dismayed the peace-loving King by supporting Prince Charles and the Duke of Buckingham in their demands for war with Spain. Robert Ruigh presents an absorbing and authoritative analytic narrative of the proceedings between Parliament and the crown and their far-reaching constitutional and political consequences. His use of fifteen parliamentary diaries and other contemporary manuscripts has resulted in a balanced account which avoids the tendency to vilify the Stuarts and glorify the Commons, and which provides an integrated and perceptive picture of the Parliament. He presents an analysis of patronage in relation to the composition of the Commons and a reevaluation of historical generalizations about the senility and ineffectuality of King James during his declining years, the seizure of power by the Duke and the Prince and their management of Parliament, the precedent of free speech in foreign affairs, and the effect of Parliament on contemporary politics.

Party Patronage and Party Government in European Democracies

Author: Petr Kopecký,Peter Mair,Maria Spirova

Publisher: Oxford University Press

ISBN: 0199599378

Category: Political Science

Page: 415

View: 8492


Party Patronage and Party Government in European Democracies brings together insights from the worlds of party politics and public administration in order to analyze the role of political parties in public appointments across contemporary Europe. Based on an extensive new data gathered through expert interviews in fifteen European countries, this book offers the first systematic comparative assessment of the scale of party patronage and its role in sustaining modern party governments. Among the key findings are: First, patronage appointments tend to be increasingly dominated by the party in public office rather than being used or controlled by the party organization outside parliament. Second, rather than using appointments as rewards, as used to be the case in more clientelistic systems in the past, parties are now more likely to emphasize appointments that can help them to manage the infrastructure of government and the state. In this way patronage becomes an organizational rather than an electoral resource. Third, patronage appointments are increasingly sourced from channels outside of the party, thus helping to make parties look increasingly like network organizations, primarily constituted by their leaders and their personal and political hinterlands. Comparative Politics is a series for students, teachers, and researchers of political science that deals with contemporary government and politics. Global in scope, books in the series are characterised by a stress on comparative analysis and strong methodological rigour. The series is published in association with the European Consortium for Political Research. For more information visit: The Comparative Politics series is edited by Professor David M. Farrell, School of Politics and International Relations, University College Dublin, Kenneth Carty, Professor of Political Science, University of British Columbia, and Professor Dirk Berg-Schlosser, Institute of Political Science, Philipps University, Marburg.