Understanding Us/Uk Government and Politics: A Comparative Guide

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Contents
Political leaders of the post-1945 erapage ix
1The context of political life in Britain and the United States1
Political culture in Britain3
Political culture in the USA7
Political ideas, institutions and values in Britain and the United States: similarities and differences16
2Constitutions26
General developments concerning constitutions27
What are constitutions?27
Characteristics of the two constitutions28
Constitutional principles34
The ease of constitutional change39
Recent experience of constitutional reform40
Conclusion43
3Protecting liberties, advancing rights46
The protection of liberties in Britain and the United States in theory and practice48
The proclamation of positive rights in recent years in Britain and the United States57
Conclusion62
4Executives66
THE POLITICAL EXECUTIVE67
The functions of executives67
The increase in executive power69
Strength and weakness in political leaders: changing fashions74
The case of the British Prime Minister78
The case of the USA80
Prime Minister and President compared82
Support for the Prime Minister and President86

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Table of contents

Table of contents

  • Title Page iii
  • Contents v
  • The Politics Association viii
  • Political Leaders of the Post-1945 Era ix
  • 1: The Context of Political Life in Britain and the United States 1
  • 2: Constitutions 26
  • 3: Protecting Liberties, Advancing Rights 46
  • 4: Executives 66
  • 5: Legislatures 106
  • 6: Judiciaries 139
  • 7: Governance Beyond the Centre 155
  • 8: Political Parties 178
  • 9: Pressure Groups 219
  • 10: The Mass Media 243
  • 11: Voting and Elections 269
  • 12: Democracy in Theory and Practice 305
  • Index 329
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