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UK Politics

UK Politics (1st edn)

Andrew Blick
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date: 11 December 2023

p. 1p. 2p. 31. Introduction: tradition and changelocked

p. 1p. 2p. 31. Introduction: tradition and changelocked

  • Andrew Blick


The Introduction asks: what do we mean when we talk about politics? On one level, politics is about the interactions between people. However, more specifically, it is about how a society is run. The term for this is ‘governance’. Governance involves who makes the decisions, how they make decisions, and how they put those decisions into effect. This first chapter relates this definition to the UK political system as it exists today. It provides a short analysis of the effectiveness of the UK system in terms of how it has evolved and what changes have been made over time. It takes a brief look at how the onset of the Coronavirus pandemic has shown up problems in the UK political system.

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