Government and Politics in Britain - Fouth Edition

Welcome to the Fourth Edition of Government and Politics in Britain

The long-awaited fourth edition of this hugely popular textbook offers a uniquely comprehensive and illuminating introduction to government and politics in Britain today. Fully revised and updated throughout, its 24 chapters explore issues at the cutting edge of political change and debate in Britain, including:

  • challenges to the unity of the UK and increasing uncertainty over its world role
  • disillusionment with traditional politics
  • changing patterns of political communication
  • identity crises within the political parties
  • threats facing the traditional institutions of government
  • tensions posed by a period of austerity, social unrest and a growing gap between rich and poor

Each chapter concludes with a summary, a set of key terms and concepts, questions for discussion, web links, and a guide to further reading, plus suggestions for novels, plays and films that will mix the business of study with pleasure and illustrate how politics affects most aspects of our lives.

This website offers additional support for students and lecturers, including a sample chapter from the book and a monthly blog.

John Kingdom has taught courses on politics and public administration at the universities of Exeter, Sheffield Hallam and Sheffield. He is currently a visiting fellow at Sheffield Hallam University and is a regular commentator on local radio. His other publications have included The Civil Service in Liberal Democracies, Local Government and Politics in Britain, No Such Thing as Society, contributions to edited collections and various articles. The first edition of his Government and Politics in Britain was awarded the Politics Association book prize.

Paul Fairclough is Deputy Head (Sixth Form) at Sedbergh School, having worked as a Head of Politics for more than two decades; most recently at Wellington College. He has authored a wide range of books and articles, whilst also co-authoring the UK Government & Politics Annual Update and AS UK Government & Politics for Philip Allan Updates. He is a Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Educational Assessors.

Copyright © 2014 John Kingdom and Paul Fairclough