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Political Issues in Britain Today (Politics Today)
Synopses & Reviews
British politics has been revolutionized in the past ten years by two major factors: the hegemony of Thatcherism for eighteen years; and the current dominance of what some say is variant-Blairism--forged in opposition and enthroned in government since May 1997. This volume addresses key political issues which occupy the government and opposition, including: Blair's style of government, the philosophy of the welfare state and the question of its reform, policy-making in the oppressed local government sector, law and order, reform of the voting system, the effect of EU membership on British politics, the much criticized monarchy, privatization, the environment, education, standards in public life, the politics of the health service, and the usefulness of the House of Lords.
Book News Annotation:
Offers accessible studies of issues in British politics, providing a complement rather than a substitute for more comprehensive studies. Coverage includes the House of Commons, reforming the electoral system, senior ministers in British government, politics of health, economic and monetary union, and environmental policy. This edition takes into account changes in the political scene since 1993, and gives new perspectives on the monarchy, the political style of Tony Blair, reforming welfare, devolution, sleaze, Labor ideology, and funding of political parties. Distributed by St. Martin's Press.
Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
About the Author
Bill Jones is Research Fellow in the Department of Government at the University of Manchester.
Table of Contents
Tony Blair's Political Style: An Interim Assessment--Bill Jones * The House of Commons: The Half Empty Bottle of Reform--Philip Norton * Sleaze: Standards in Political Life--Geoff Lee * Reforming the Electoral System--Bill Jones * The Debate about the Welfare State--Paul Wilding * Britain and the European Union--Neill Nugent * Who Makes Policy? Policy Making within the Local Authorities--David Wilson * The Education Issue--Lynton Robins * The Politics of Health--Bruce Wood * Devolution in the UK--James Mitchell * Placing New Labour--David Coates * Conservatism after Major--Martin Durham * The Present Usefulness of the House of Commons--Douglas Hurd * Do We Need the Monarchy?--Bill Jones * Environmental Policy: Too Little Too Late?--Geoff Lee * Reforming Welfare--Rob Baggott * Funding Political Parties--Graham Thomas * Privatization--Geoff Lee * Crime and Punishment--Bill Jones * Leaders or Led? Senior Ministers in British Government--Philip Norton * Economic and Monetary Union in Europe--Andrew Scott
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