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PPR223: The United Kingdom: State, Politics and Policy
Tutors: Mark Garnett
The course aims to deepen students' understanding of the major ideas, arrangements, policies and controversies which have characterised post-war British politics.
The course examines the evolution of the politics of the United Kingdom from an era broadly characterised by consensus and stability (1945-70) to one which has proved much more turbulent in a variety of ways (1970 onwards). This examination is set within the context of rival political traditions and of competing theories of representative government. Topics covered in the first term include changes in electoral behaviour and developments in the political parties, as well as consideration of the problems of governing the component parts of the United Kingdom (Scotland, Wales, Northern Ireland). In the second term the focus is on the key institutions of central government (Parliament and the executive) and on the UK's changing relationship with Europe. The last part of the course examines the development of public policy in the areas of welfare and the economy.
On successful completion of this module students will be able to:
40% coursework and 60% exam.
Lecture (1 hour) and seminar (1 hour) weekly.
Beer S H , Britain Against Itself: the Political Contradictions of Collectivism
Budge I et al, The New British Politics
Denver D, Elections and Voters in Britain
Dunleavy P et al (eds), Developments in British Politics 8
Fisher J et al (eds), Central Debates in British Politics
Garnett M & Lynch P, Exploring British Politics
Richards D & Smith M, Governance and Public Policy in the UK
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