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Published: 04 May 2006

730 Pages | Colour illustrations, boxes, figures, tables


ISBN: 9780199269792

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This text is published by OUP Higher Education Division

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British Politics

Fifth Edition

Dennis Kavanagh, David Richards, Andrew Geddes, and Martin Smith

  • Provides a significantly more comprehensitve analysis of contemporary British politics than competing texts, allowing instructors to customise the text for any module no matter what the emphasis or perspective.
  • Successfully combines a descriptive narrative with conceptual analysis, making theories more easily understood by way of practical example.
  • Offers an international outlook, allowing students to examine the global context in which British politics operates.
  • Balances the traditional, descriptive 'institutions-based' approach to politics with a lively, issue-led discussion of contemporary debates such as terrorism, race and asylum-seeking.
  • Uses primary research drawn from a large number of interviews with key political actors, encouraging students to ask questions through exposure to fresh, original insights, as opposed to borrowing the thoughts and ideals of others.
  • Embraces a strong historical perspective to enable students to understand how the past has shaped present-day issues and the nature of British politics and to equip them with a solid and informed political outlook.

New to this Edition:

  • Completely revised structure that incorporates an additional 16 chapters and that broadens the book's scope, allowing it to address topical trends in detail.
  • Dedicated section on policy that provides a detailed and accessible examination of economic, welfare, transport, education, law, immigration and defence policies, and that draws from primary research findings obtained from interviews with policy-makers.
  • Three new authors of international repute who offer a fresh and varied perspective and draw from an array of theoretical approaches to provide students with different 'pathways' for understanding political phenomena.
  • Additional pedagogical features including Reader's Guide, bold-faced key terms, 'Politics in Focus' boxes, chapter summaries, political chronologies, discussion questions and glossary.

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