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British Politics: A Very Short Introduction

by Anthony Wright

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This book is less 'A Very Short Introduction' for the casual reader and more an illuminating essay on the idiosyncrasies of the British political system for a student of politics. In my opinion the author employs too many otherwise unexplained political science concepts and vocabulary to provide a really useful introduction to a reader coming to the subject cold. Having said that I found it a stimulating treatment by a decent writer clearly au fais with the workings of the British political system.
  c_j_bolt | Apr 7, 2010 |
This is from the same series as the (fairly good) introduction to HIV/AIDS I read a little while back, but is unfortunately not a good. I had expected it to be written along similar lines, but instead of explaining how the British political system works in small words for those (like me) who do not understand it, the author has written an essay on "what makes our politics so British" and its similarities and differences to politics in other countries. I was alternately bored and confused by the whole thing, and probably wasn't helped by the fact that the book immediately fell to bits. I shall probably recycle its many pages. ( )
  tronella | Dec 22, 2008 |
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Amazon.com Product Description (ISBN 0192854593, 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 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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Tony Wright's 'Very Short Introduction' 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 shaping ideas of the British tradition, and investigates what makes British politics distinctive.… (more)

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