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British Politics: A Beginner's Guide

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Britain lies at a crossroads. With a financial system on its knees, a dwindling army, and its international influence waning, what is the role of UK in the international sphere? And with the changing priorities of the Obama administration, does “the special relationship” really mean anything? Telling you all you need to know about the first modern democracy, Richard ...more
Paperback, 208 pages
Published November 1st 2010 by Oneworld Publications (first published October 1st 2010)
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Jul 07, 2015 Rachel rated it liked it
I'm taking the fact that this is a "beginner's guide" into account in my rating and review. The book gives a pretty vague overview, and at times confuses more than it clarifies, often not going into nearly enough detail on important points while dithering over and revisiting some trivial ones repeatedly. But it does cover a lot of information, and gives a grounding in the history of politics, prominent figures, turning points and such as opposed to just focussing on politics now. The writer does ...more
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Sep 20, 2016 Margaret Sankey rated it liked it
Clearly written, and with a good review stretching back to 1945, this is a handy guide to British parliamentary politics up to the Brexit vote--with observations on devolution, the close contact of MPs and their voters, party coalitions, unions and the British public welfare state. Particularly useful are sidebar profiles of key people, especially those at the cabinet level, which reminded me how much I always liked Barbara Castle.
Sep 15, 2016 Kalle rated it liked it
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Pretty good, interesting, and short read, but I still would hesitate to call this a beginner's guide. You need to have some basic ideas about (British) politics before diving into it. I feel like this could have used some terminology clarifications or info boxes at times also, to make it even more readable.
May 17, 2015 George rated it really liked it
This is a great introduction to British politics and offers a historical catch-up as well, charting key moments in 20th century Britain up to the present day. I found it tremendously useful as I wanted to cover the basics after the recent general election.
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