Best book on British politics?

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I'm looking for your advice on what you believe to be the best book on British politics.

What I'm looking for:
It must cover all the basic things such as the economy, the constitution, parliament, pressure groups, voting behaviour, devolution, the EU, other supra-national institutions and how Britain fits in, political parties, key political figures etc. etc. etc. It must also not just be contemporary (i.e. it must put current events in context, talking also about the recent past, i.e. the 20th century).

A couple that I'm considering:
Development in British Politics (9th Edition):
http://www.amazon.co.uk/Developments...itish+politics
Exploring British Politics:
http://www.amazon.co.uk/Exploring-Br...itish+politics

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So does anyone have any suggestions? This is all stuff that I did in AS level politics, but I've forgotten a lot of it. I'm currently learning about political ideologies, but I'd also like to (re-)learn about practical and contemporary implementations across the board, specifically in relation to the UK.

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There's also Parliament in British Politics.
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Animal Farm
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I had an older version of this McNaughton textbook for AS politics, which covers most of the things you're referring to (not the EU though, IIRC, though I did sit my AS five years ago!) http://www.amazon.co.uk/Edexcel-Gove...3941894&sr=1-9
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Cheers guys, I'll look into them
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(Original post by Automaton)
Development in British Politics (9th Edition):
http://www.amazon.co.uk/Developments...itish+politics

This is a good book. When I studied British Government and Politics at University this was the recommended text.

For a more historical perspective David Childs' Britain since 1945: A Political History is rather good. Somewhat dry and tedious at times, but very thorough.

Politics and Governance in the UK by Michael Moran is also very good.
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(Original post by Teaddict)
For a more historical perspective David Childs' Britain since 1945: A Political History is rather good. Somewhat dry and tedious at times, but very thorough.
I agree - though personally I found Morgan's Britain Since 1945: The People's Peace more readable http://www.amazon.co.uk/Britain-Sinc.../dp/0192802259
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Does "Developments in British Politics" not contain much history in it then? I guess, from the title, it's more contemporary.

Also what are the differences between the two you both recommended? (People's Peace and A Political History).
Do they get into more than simply national/party issues? i.e. into international issues (obviously in relation to Britain), the makeup of the British system (Parliament etc), international bodies like the EU?
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Also what are the differences between the two you both recommended? (People's Peace and A Political History).
Do they get into more than simply national/party issues? i.e. into international issues (obviously in relation to Britain), the makeup of the British system (Parliament etc), international bodies like the EU?
They cover roughly the same subject matter.

It's essentially a look at what happened within British politics post-1945. So, for instance, election results, wars, the establishment of the welfare state, immigration, joining the EU (but not going into detail about institutions, Thatcherism etc. etc.

You can see the contents page if you 'look inside' on Amazon.
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I think I know what I'm going to buy then, thanks

I'll buy both Developments in British Politics and then one of the two you two recommended (I'll have to have a look and see which I prefer).
The former for the makeup of institutions and more stuff on institutions' setup and rules etc, and the latter for everything else.

Cheers guys
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