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Understanding US/UK Government and Politics (2nd Edn): A Comparative Guide (Revised) (Understandings) Paperback – 1 Oct 2008

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  • Paperback: 400 pages
  • Publisher: Manchester University Press; 2nd Revised edition edition (1 Oct. 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 071907715X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0719077159
  • Product Dimensions: 22.9 x 3 x 15.5 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 1.5 out of 5 stars 2 customer reviews
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Completely updated for this second edition, "Understanding US/UK Government and Politics" is written specifically for A2 students and covers the comparative dimension of advanced level study. It closely follows the syllabuses of the main examination boards, being especially helpful for those requiring a direct comparison between the two political systems of the UK and USA. Clear and accessible in style, it offers invaluable insights into the similarities and differences between British and American politics. These are summarised in useful boxes at the end of each chapter, where there are also details of relevant websites and likely examination questions. The book begins by examining the setting against which government and politics operates in Britain and the United States, noting aspects of the history and social structure of each country before exploring the concept of political culture.The underlying ideas and values of British and American people are compared, and the book goes on to analyse the constitution and the protection of rights, before considering the executive, legislative and judicial branches of government in detail.

In addition, the nature of American federalism and moves towards federal devolution in the United Kingdom are assessed. Political parties, the media and elections, pressure groups and voting are all extensively covered, with some concluding thoughts on the current condition of democracy in Britain and the United States. This edition has been updated to take account of all the changes that have taken place in British and American politics since the first edition was published, including the escalation of the War on Terror, the specific terrorist threats carried out in the UK, and the underwhelming re-election of George W Bush and Tony Blair.

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Duncan Watts is a freelance writer on British and American Politics


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