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
Introduction. 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. Index.
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.
Get to grips with all aspects of British politics and discuss big political issues with confidence Whether you're a complete beginner or a politician-in-the-making, this eye-opening guide has something for everyone. Packed with expert information on the origins, history and structure of the UK parliamentary system, this book offers a fascinating insight into the rollercoaster world of politics. Explaining everything from key political ideologies and the spread of democracy to what you can do to get involved, this is your must-have companion to British politics, both at home and on the international stage. Back to basics — explore definitions of authority and democracy as well as how the British political state was formed Get voting — learn about the different UK parties, voting behaviour and the role of the media in election campaigns Parliament calling — focus on the Houses of Parliament, the Cabinet and the courts and discover what makes a good politician Going global — get the lowdown on the UK's foreign policy, compare UK and US political systems and investigate the EU, UN and NATO Movers and shakers — identify influential leaders and the events and scandals that have rocked modern politics "An immensely welcome addition to the For Dummies series. This book succeeds admirably in capturing the whole of the question, 'what is politics?'" –Rt Hon John Bercow, MP and Speaker of the House of Commons Open the book and find: The purpose of politics and why it is important Guidance on the strengths and weaknesses of democracy Advice on your political rights as a UK citizen The lowdown on pressure groups and lobbyists How Britain's constitution evolved The ins and outs of criminal and civil law Information on devolution and quangos Obama-mania and its impact on British politics Learn to: Democracy's rich history and why your vote matters Electoral systems, the election process and what the different parties stand for The ins and outs of parliament and the UK government Britain's place on the global political stage
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