The social and economic context

Hickson, K and Williams, B 2021, 'The social and economic context' , in: Politics UK (Tenth edition) , Routledge, UK, pp. 62-81.

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his chapter analyses the changing social and economic context of British politics. The study of politics would have included a legal and historical discussion of the constitution and the major political institutions such as the monarchy, the Houses of Parliament, political parties and pressure groups. It was also the case that the study of British politics was once done in a fairly isolated way with little focus on international developments. The traditional A-level syllabus tended to focus on British political institutions and processes in a way which barely touched on developments outside of the United Kingdom (UK). Compared to a number of other countries Britain, or more specifically England, has remained relatively stable in its political arrangements. Scotland was formally brought into the Union in the eighteenth century with the Act of Union of 1707 although it retained distinct legal, educational and ecclesiastical structures. The Union between Ireland and the rest of the UK occurred much later, in 1801.

Item Type: Book Section
Editors: Jones, B, Norton, P and Hertner, I
Schools: Schools > School of Arts & Media > Arts, Media and Communication Research Centre
Publisher: Routledge
ISBN: 9780367464028 (paperback); 9780367464059 (hardback); 9781003028574 (ebook);
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Date Deposited: 03 Dec 2021 09:53
Last Modified: 15 Feb 2022 17:01

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