Table of contents

  • Introduction
  1. Why politics matters and why British politics matters
  2. Politics and policy in a capitalist democracy
  3. The constitution and the British political culture
  4. The core executive in the Westminster system
  5. Departments and agencies in the Westminster system
  6. Representing interests in the Westminster system
  7. Parliament in the Westminster system
  8. Devolved government in Northern Ireland
  9. From devolution to dissolution: governing Scotland and Wales
  10. The worlds of local and regional government: multi-level governance in action
  11. Europeanizing British government
  12. Parties and their organization
  13. Parties and their ideologies
  14. How citizens participate
  15. How political communication happens
  16. How elections are decided
  17. How leaders are selected
  18. Understanding policy under multilevel governance
  19. Managing resource raising and allocation
  20. Managing justice and security
  21. Managing, protecting and creating citizen rights
  22. Understanding the British state: Theories and evidence