The first edition of this book was published in 2005, and was conceived and drafted in the early years of the millennium. In short, it was written in a very different political world from the one we presently inhabit. The economy was in the middle of the longest uninterrupted boom for over a century; New Labour under Tony Blair was at its height. The boom ended in 2007–08 in the greatest financial crisis since the Great Crash of 1929, and in a wider economic crisis from which the country has still not recovered. Labours crushing defeat at the 2010 general election ended the era of New Labour, and indeed led to something unknown in post-Second World War Britain - a long period of coalition government. The couple of years between 2008 and 2010 look in retrospect like watershed times: comparable to 1945 and 1979 as moments when the course of British politics changed dramatically. But like most moments of upheaval, the result was not simply a clean break with the past. British politics in the second decade of the millennium has been a mixture of change and continuity, and this third edition mirrors that mixture. The fundamental purpose remains unaltered: to provide an introduction to the study of British politics for the beginning student.
Swipe to navigate through the chapters of this book
Please log in to get access to this content
To get access to this content you need the following product:
- Introduction to the Third Edition
- Macmillan Education UK
- Sequence number