Table of contents for British politics : a critical introduction / Stuart McAnulla.


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1. Traditional Models of British Politics
Introduction                                               11
Key perspectives                                           12
Westminster model                                        12
British political tradition                              18
Pluralism                                                23
Marxist models                                           27
Conclusion                                                 32
2. Contemporary Perspectives on British Politics
Introduction                                               34
Key models                                                 34
Differentiated-polity model                              34
Asymmetric-power model                                   43
Key normative perspectives                                 49
New right                                                50
Third way                                                53
Comparing new right and third way perspectives             56
Conclusion                                                 58
3. Traditional Dynamics of British Politics I: Key Ideas   60
Introduction                                               60
Dominant ideologies                                        61
Liberalism                                               62
Core Liberal ideas                                       63
Classical liberalism and its impact                      64
Progressive liberalism and its impact                    65
Conservatism                                             68
Core assumptions of conservatism                         69
Strands of conservatism and their impact                 70
Socialism                                                72
Core assumptions of socialism                            72
Strands of socialism and their impact                   73
Governing discourses: dominant ideas and common themes    75
Counter discourses: challenging dominant ideas            82
Conclusion                                                84
4. Traditional Dynamics of British Politics II: Key Institutional
Relationships                                             86
Introduction                                              86
Context: Constitution and state                           86
British constitution                                    86
Development of the British state: change and continuity  88
Key governmental relationships                            93
Centre local relations                                  93
British government - European Union relations           98
Key democratic relationships                             103
Government - interest group relations                  103
Political parties - electorate relations               109
Conclusion                                               115
5. New Labour in Power                                   116
Introduction                                             116
Interpretations of new Labour: comparisons with the past  116
Dimensions of new Labour in practice                     121
Economic policy                                        121
Welfare                                                127
Governing style and leadership                         130
Governing discourse                                    136
Conclusion                                               141
6. Modernizing Government                                143
Introduction                                             143
The Conservative legacy                                  143
Modernizing government agenda                            147
Evaluating the modernizing government agenda as a whole  160
Conclusion                                               164
7. Constitutional Reform                                 165
Introduction                                             165
Advocates of change                                      168
Constitutional reforms since 1997                        170
Evaluating the constitutional reform package             179
Conclusion                                               183
Conclusion: New Labour and the Study of British Politics  185
Reflectiors on the role of theory                        185
The enduring role of the British political tradition     186
Explaining the survival of the British political tradition  192



Library of Congress subject headings for this publication: Great Britain Politics and government, Great Britain Politics and government 1997-