UK Politics

ISBN : 9780198825555

Andrew Blick
408 ページ
195 x 265 mm

The first introductory UK politics textbook to publish since Brexit and the start of the Covid-19 pandemic, this book combines foundational understanding and critical perspectives to provide a clear overview of the UK political system. UK Politics takes a contextual and historical approach to teaching. The chapters, written in an accessible and approachable style, introduce students to the core processes, institutions, power struggles, and trends that characterise UK politics today. The in-chapter features also foster key skills including engagement with primary sources, thinking critically about claims, and the development of debates. Through careful explanation, case studies, extracts, and thoughtful questions, UK Politics helps students answer the questions 'what's going on?', 'how should it work (and how does it actually)?' and 'how did we get here? Digital formats and resources UK Politics is available for students and institutions to purchase in a variety of formats, and is supported by online resources. The e-book offers a mobile experience and convenient access along with self-assessment activities and links that offer extra learning support: www.oxfordtextbooks.co.uk/ebooks This book is supported by a range of online resources for students and lecturers, including additional case studies, multiple choice questions with instant feedback, activities that can be used in seminars or for self-study, PowerPoint slides to accompany each chapter, terminology-testing flashcards, an interactive timeline, additional links, and biannual updates from the author.


1 Introduction: tradition and change
Part 1: How are we governed?
2 Cabinet and the prime minister
3 The UK government
4 Parliament
5 The legal system and human rights
Part 2: How do people participate in politics?
6 The party system
7 Elections and voting
8 Referendums
Part 3: How does society affect UK Politics?
9 Communication and public opinion
10 Identity, equality, and power
Part 4: What is 'the UK', and how does it relate to the rest of the world?
11 Devolution and local government
12 The nations and the union
11 The UK and the outside world


Dr Andrew Blick is Reader in Politics and Contemporary History and Head of the Department of Political Economy, King's College London. He specialises in constitutional and democratic reform in the UK, from an historical and contemporary perspective. Andrew has also worked inside the UK political system. Before becoming an academic he worked for various think tanks, in Parliament, and in the office of the UK Prime Minister. He has made frequent media appearances, often provides evidence to parliamentary select committees, and is also the author of numerous books, articles and pamphlets, including: The Referendum in Britain: A history. Andrew has taught various aspects of UK politics at undergraduate and post-graduate level. He enjoys conveying to students the relationship between institutions, rules, and the day-to-day lives of people living in the UK; and the historical developments that have led us to where we are today, and where we might be in future.