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British Politics: A Very Short Introduction (3rd edition) [#092]
British Politics: A Very Short Introduction (3rd edition) [#092]
  • Offers a concise introduction to British politics past and present, and considers the future for the British political tradition as it enters turbulent times
  • Focuses on what makes British politics distinctive
  • Considers the evolution of British politics and its future
  • Explores the future of British politics in light of the current government

At a time when politics in Britain is experiencing unprecedented turmoil, this Very Short Introduction examines the past, present, and possible future of British politics. Tony Wright puts current events into a longer and larger perspective, ranging from political ideas to political institutions, and offering an overview of the British political tradition. Throughout, he identifies key characteristics and ideas of British politics, and investigates what makes it distinctive, while emphasizing how these characteristics are reflected in the way the political system functions.
This new edition includes key material on Brexit, analysing the divisions revealed by the Brexit vote and the extent to which Britain now has a politics of identity, and considering whether the referendum itself has fundamentally altered the constitutional landscape.


List of illustrations
1: The Britishness of British politics
2: The constitution: old and new
3: Arguing: the politics of ideas
4: Governing: still the strong centre?
5: Representing: voters and parties
6: Accounting: parliament and politicians
7: Whither British politics
Further reading

About the author: 

Tony Wright, Emeritus Professor of Government, UCL

Tony Wright is Emeritus Professor of Government and Emeritus Professor of Government and Public Policy at UCL. Between 1992 and 2010, he served as a UK Member of Parliament for Cannock Chase, and in 2009 chaired the parliamentary committee that produced the 'Wright reforms' of the House of Commons. He is the author or editor of over twenty books, including Doing Politics (Biteback, 2012) and Rethinking Democracy (Wiley, 2019).

Product details

ISBN : 9780198827320

Tony Wright
160 Pages
111 x 174 mm
Pub date
Jun 2020
Very Short Introductions
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British Politics: A Very Short Introduction (3rd edition) [#092]

British Politics: A Very Short Introduction (3rd edition) [#092]

British Politics: A Very Short Introduction (3rd edition) [#092]