British Politics: A Very Short Introduction

British Politics A Very Short Introduction Tony Wright s Very Short Introduction to British Politics is an interpretative essay on the British political system rather than merely an abbreviated textbook on how it currently works He identifies

  • Title: British Politics: A Very Short Introduction
  • Author: Tony Wright
  • ISBN: 9780192854599
  • Page: 132
  • Format: Paperback
  • Tony Wright s Very Short Introduction to British Politics is an interpretative essay on the British political system, rather than merely an abbreviated textbook on how it currently works He identifies key characteristics and ideas of the British tradition, and investigates what makes British politics distinctive, while emphasizing throughout the book how these characterisTony Wright s Very Short Introduction to British Politics is an interpretative essay on the British political system, rather than merely an abbreviated textbook on how it currently works He identifies key characteristics and ideas of the British tradition, and investigates what makes British politics distinctive, while emphasizing throughout the book how these characteristics are reflected in the way the political system actually functions Each chapter is organized around a key theme, such as the constitution or political accountability, which is first established and then explored with examples and illustrations This in turn provides a perspective for a discussion of how the system is changing, looking in particular at devolution and Britain s place in Europe About the Series Combining authority with wit, accessibility, and style, Very Short Introductions offer an introduction to some of life s most interesting topics Written by experts for the newcomer, they demonstrate the finest contemporary thinking about the central problems and issues in hundreds of key topics, from philosophy to Freud, quantum theory to Islam

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    1. This well written, informative book was not what I expected. I thought I would be reading about the mechanics of how the British parliamentary form of government operates, how many members there are, how often they come up for election, how constituencies are determined, etc.Instead, I received an analysis of the effectiveness of British government with emphasis on its exercise of power and its responsibility to the people.The practical difference between the British government and the American [...]

    2. British Politics: A Very Short Introduction (Very Short Introductions #92), Tony WrightTony Wright's Very Short Introduction to British Politics is an interpretative essay on the British political system, rather than merely an abbreviated textbook on how it currently works. He identifies key characteristics and ideas of the British tradition, and investigates what makes British politics distinctive, while emphasizing throughout the book how these characteristics are reflected in the way the poli [...]

    3. It’s all my fault for not researching the book better. In the description it says that “Tony Wright's Very Short Introduction to British Politics is an interpretative essay on the British political system, rather than merely an abbreviated textbook on how it currently works”. Several other review here on mention that it does not talk about the mechanics and the basics of British politics.… except that that was what I was searching for. I wanted a book to clearly explain me how it all wo [...]

    4. I was expecting a book that would take me through the very basics of British politics. Instead, this book is more an analysis of what is so unique about British politics and how it has evolved over time. It is well written and full of interesting insights.

    5. I am finally done reading this book. Took quite a while, especially since it is a very short introduction. Primary reasons for why it took so long are (i) the fact that I read it on my phone during my very short commute, (ii) the book did not offer me what I was looking for, and (iii) it is badly written.If you are looking for a book to explain to you how british politics works, e.g. understand the different parties, the government, the shadow cabinet, the commons and the house of lords then thi [...]

    6. A basic introduction from a Labour Party politician's view. I don't agree with many of his viewpoints but it's still a fairly good intro.

    7. Seeing through conflict[Through my ratings, reviews and edits I'm providing intellectual property and labor to Inc listed on Nasdaq, which fully owns and in 2013 posted revenues for $74 billion and $274 million profits. Intellectual property and labor require compensation. Inc. is also requested to provide assurance that its employees and contractors' work conditions meet the highest health and safety standards at all the company's sites.] Across the ideological boundary line, in Britain a pr [...]

    8. This is one of the few nods to my course that I have allowed on my reading list this summer. And to be fair, I have found it pretty useful and informative in the way it described the changing British political landscape (on which I had one module last year and will have two this year).It stuck mostly to the journalistic account of things - more descriptive than analytical, and the analysis was pretty basic. I could definitely have written more complex chapters on the political party, for example [...]

    9. I chose this book thinking it would give me the foundations to continue learning about British politics but I don't think it has. I don't feel like I know much about the history or procedure of British politics after reading this. As it was written in 2003, I also wonder whether the conclusions the author reached would still be the same or whether they will have changed. 13 years is a long time in politics and the book spends a lot of time on the Blair years and how politics had changes during t [...]

    10. I thought this would be simply a description of British Politics, but the author actually goes into his own ideas of how the country works and what makes politics in Britain so distinct---ranging from the way the parliament is set up, to the constitution (which is essentially the entire body of laws/executive/parliamentary decrees collected throughout history0. Interesting short read for anyone who is into comparative political systems.

    11. Tony Wright is not very much of an ideologue, but seems to have approached his brief political career as an academic with a mind to a 'participant-observation' account of the state of British politics. The result is this fine book, part history, part philosophy, part commentary, communicated with wit and a suitably British eye for the absurd.

    12. It's not a book of which you would say, it makes you love the topic, even if you don't care about the topic. But if you are interested, it gives a good, quick introduction to some of the basics of British politics.

    13. Given its length (short) a reasonable summary of how Britsh politics works but alas with a very strong Labour bias.

    14. Enjoyable and informative. Author has a nice style, like he's talking to you without being too informal. Focuses mostly on the 20th century.

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