This volume brings together leading authorities in political science to assess 50 years of British political life from 1947. Retreat from empire to Europe, with all the adjustments which this entailed, is explored along with the changing nature of politics at home. The withdrawal of the welfare state, the persistence of poverty, along with the changing role of the state in society, are examined in terms of changing ideas and definitions. Political leadership, the changing party system, developments in the political culture, the growth in pressure group activity and the rise of the mass media are dissected to reveal critical events, trends and processes. The growing crisis in the territorial dimension of the United, or Disunited, Kingdom is discussed. Finally the impact of the information technology revolution on the scope and operation of government is assessed along with the constant urge to reform government in search of a better way.
This text examines a range of current debates in British politics. Issues covered include: do we still need the monarchy? Is the mass media the enemy of democracy? Is politics still class-based? The environment - our world in danger or Green scaremongering?
In September 1990 a Conference was held at Holly Royde College, Manchester University, to celebrate twenty-one years of the Politics Association. The theme of the conference was a retrospective analysis of various developments in British politics and political education since that founding year. The two founding fathers of the Association, Derek Heater and Bernard Crick, addressed the conference together with - three of its distinguished former presidents, Fred Ridley, David Butler and Dennis Kavanagh; a current vice-president, Peter Hennessy; and the current President, John Slater. This book has grown out of the papers delivered at that conference, supplemented by those of other academics who have been associated with the Politics Association in various ways. Also included is the text of a speech delivered by Alan Howarth, MP, in his capacity as Education Minister at a House of Commons reception held in honour of the Politics Association on the 4th July 1990.