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British Politics For Dummies

ISBN: 978-0-470-66450-6
416 pages
February 2010
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So - you want to be knowledgeable about British politics but don't know where to start. The rich history, complex statistics and tricky political jargon are getting in your way, not to mention the media hype (is politics only about duck houses and moats?). But don't worry! British Politics For Dummies is your essential guide to understanding even the trickiest questions surrounding politics in the UK, so you'll be discussing the ins and out of leaders, parties, ideologies, constitutions, laws, cabinets and summits past and present in no time - and with maximum confidence. Coming up to the potential end of Labour's historic three terms in power, there's never been a better time to get to grips with politics.

British Politics For Dummies includes:

Part 1: The Basics of Politics
Chapter 1: Taking in the Political Universe
Chapter 2: Understanding Why Politics and Politicians are Important
Chapter 3: Looking at Democracy & Participation
Chapter 4: Examining Different Political Ideologies
Chapter 5: Forming of the British Political State

Part 2: Elections and Britain's Parties
Chapter 6: Electoral & voting systems
Chapter 7: Voting Behaviour & Trends
Chapter 8: Honing in on Political Parties
Chapter 9: Pressure Groups
Chapter 10: Politics & the Media

Part 3: The Ins & Outs of Parliament
Chapter 11: Britain's Constitution
Chapter 12: Examining Britain's Parliamentary Democracy
Chapter 13: Gazing at the Summit: the PM and Cabinet
Chapter 14: Ministers & Civil Servants
Chapter 15: The Courts & The Judiciary
Chapter 16: Laying Bear Devolution & Local Government
Chapter 17: Joining the Lawmakers: Becoming a Politician

Part 4: Politics Worldwide
Chapter 18: Understanding Britain's Place in the World
Chapter 19: Taking in the International Stage
Chapter 20: Expanding Your Horizons: Europe
Chapter 21: Leading the Free World: US Politics

Part 5: Parts of Ten
Chapter 22: Ten Significant Prime Ministers
Chapter 23: Ten Major Political Scandals
Chapter 24: Ten Events Which Formed the Modern Political World
Chapter 25: Ten Political Trends for the Future

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Table of Contents


Part I: The Basics of Politics.

Chapter 1: Taking in the Political Universe.

Chapter 2: Understanding Why Politics and Politicians Are Important.

Chapter 3: Looking at Participatory Democracy.

Chapter 4: Examining Political Ideologies.

Chapter 5: Forming the British Political State.

Part II: Elections and Britain’s Parties.

Chapter 6: Counting the Votes: Differing Electoral Systems.

Chapter 7: Voting Behaviour and Trends.

Chapter 8: Homing in on Political Parties.

Chapter 9: Piling On the Pressure Groups.

Chapter 10: Scrutinising Politics and the Media.

Part III: The Ins and Outs of Parliament.

Chapter 11: Examining Britain’s Constitution.

Chapter 12: Britain’s Parliamentary Democracy.

Chapter 13: Gazing at the Summit: The PM and Cabinet.

Chapter 14: Assessing Ministers and Civil Servants.

Chapter 15: Taking in the Courts and Judiciary.

Chapter 16: Laying Bare Local Government and Devolution.

Chapter 17: Joining the Lawmakers: Becoming a Politician.

Part IV: Politics Worldwide.

Chapter 18: Understanding Britain’s Place in the World.

Chapter 19: Taking In the International Stage.

Chapter 20: Expanding Horizons: Europe and the EU.

Chapter 21: Leading the Free World: US Politics.

Part V: The Part of Tens.

Chapter 22: Ten Great Prime Ministers.

Chapter 23: Ten Major Political Scandals.

Chapter 24: Ten Political Events that Shaped the Modern World.

Chapter 25: Ten Political Trends for the Future.


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Author Information

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. Julian has written on politics and finance for countless magazines, newspapers and websites. He is the author of The British Citizenship Test For Dummies and Wills, Probate & Inheritance Tax For Dummies, amongst others.
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