This book offers a simple, accessible overview of the current state of play in the most important constitutional areas. It also includes extracts from, and summaries of, some of the key texts that, in the absence of a written constitution, are the closest thing there is to a codification of the ground rules of British democracy. The UK’s democratic liberties are the envy of the world. They are also precarious. We have no written constitution, and the unwritten traditions on which we rely instead are increasingly being called into question. They are an imperfect guarantee of our freedoms, but they are best we have. Unless we value and understand them, those freedoms could all too easily be lost. This book will prove a helpful starting-point for those who wish learn more about this crucial aspect of modern life.
The fifth edition has been completely restructured and expanded in order to provide the definitive introduction to British Politics. There are 16 new chapters. The book focuses on the international context in which Britain operates and addresses institutions, processes, new issues and policies. The book incorporates student learning features and has a companion web site.