The British Political System

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CONTENTS
Foreword by Professor William A. Robson Page 9
Preface by the Author13
INTRODUCTION--TRADITION AND ADAPTATION17
Respect for Tradition22
The Complete Absence of Dogmatic Conservatism31

PART I THE SOURCE OF POWER
The Power of the People under the British Political System43
THE ELECTORAL SYSTEM46
1. The Extension of the Franchise47
2. The Conduct of Elections56
3. Parliamentary Representation64
POLITICAL PARTIES AND THE TWO-PARTY SYSTEM81
1. The Two-Party System84
2. The Characteristics of the Parties96
3. Party Organisation112
4. The Functions of Political Parties122
5. The 'Swing of the Pendulum'129

PART II THE ORGANISATION OF POWER: CABINET GOVERNMENT
The Preponderance of the Executive135
THE CABINET AS HEIR TO THE PREROGATIVES OF THE CROWN138
1. The Composition of the Cabinet139
2. The Organisation of the Cabinet152
3. The Powers of the Cabinet163
GOVERNMENT BASED ON THE WILL OF THE PEOPLE175
1. A Government chosen by the People178
2. Popular Approval of Government Programmes179
3. Cabinet Responsibility to the Electorate182

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