British Politics For Dummies by Julian Knight

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So - you want to be knowledgeable about British politics but don't know where to start. The rich history, complex statistics and tricky political jargon are getting in your way, not to mention the media hype (is politics only about duck houses and moats?). But don't worry! British Politics For Dummies is your essential guide to understanding even the trickiest questions surrounding politics in the UK, so you'll be discussing the ins and out of leaders, parties, ideologies, constitutions, laws, cabinets and summits past and present in no time - and with maximum confidence. Coming up to the potential end of Labour's historic three terms in power, there's never been a better time to get to grips with politics.

British Politics For Dummies includes:

Part 1: The Basics of Politics
Chapter 1: Taking in the Political Universe
Chapter 2: Understanding Why Politics and Politicians are Important
Chapter 3: Looking at Democracy & Participation
Chapter 4: Examining Different Political Ideologies
Chapter 5: Forming of the British Political State

Part 2: Elections and Britain's Parties
Chapter 6: Electoral & voting systems
Chapter 7: Voting Behaviour & Trends
Chapter 8: Honing in on Political Parties
Chapter 9: Pressure Groups
Chapter 10: Politics & the Media

Part 3: The Ins & Outs of Parliament
Chapter 11: Britain's Constitution
Chapter 12: Examining Britain's Parliamentary Democracy
Chapter 13: Gazing at the Summit: the PM and Cabinet
Chapter 14: Ministers & Civil Servants
Chapter 15: The Courts & The Judiciary
Chapter 16: Laying Bear Devolution & Local Government
Chapter 17: Joining the Lawmakers: Becoming a Politician

Part 4: Politics Worldwide
Chapter 18: Understanding Britain's Place in the World
Chapter 19: Taking in the International Stage
Chapter 20: Expanding Your Horizons: Europe
Chapter 21: Leading the Free World: US Politics

Part 5: Parts of Ten
Chapter 22: Ten Significant Prime Ministers
Chapter 23: Ten Major Political Scandals
Chapter 24: Ten Events Which Formed the Modern Political World
Chapter 25: Ten Political Trends for the Future


About Julian Knight

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Julian Knight was born in 1972 in Chester. He was educated at the Chester Catholic High School and later Hull University, where he obtained a degree in History. Since 2002 Julian has been the BBC News personal finance and consumer affairs reporter and has won many awards for his journalism. Before this, he worked for Moneywise magazine and wrote for The Guardian amongst many other publications. He has also authored Wills, Probate & Inheritance Tax For Dummies and Retiring Wealthy For Dummies.Julian has played league cricket for 20 years. He is a former captain at Blackheath Cricket Club and has played for several clubs in London and the north west of England.Gary Palmer played first-class cricket as an all-rounder with Somerset for ten years. He has since developed a successful career as a cricket coach and holds the English Cricket Board's Level III coaching qualification. He has taught other coaches as part of the ECB Coaching Team and has also been involved with delivering the Centre of Excellence programme to Regional and National Youth Squads. During the winter of 1995/6 he worked in South Africa at the Eastern Province Cricket Academy as Head Coach, and since then his top-class coaching experience has included working with the Australian Test team in 2001, the India Test team in 2002, and the Sri Lanka Touring team in 2002. He established the CricketCoachMaster Academy in 2003, with the aim of providing boys aged between 15 and 19 who want to become professional cricketers with a cricketing experience in a first-class environment. Gary currently works as a specialist batting coach for Gloucestershire County Cricket Club.
Published March 9, 2010 by For Dummies. 416 pages
Genres: Political & Social Sciences. Non-fiction

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