A country’s politics is shaped by its history. Key features of the British system of government examined in this book are centuries old. The monarchy dates back to the tenth century, Parliament to the thirteenth century and Cabinet government and the post of prime minister to the eighteenth century. Although none operate in the same way as they did in the eighteenth or nineteenth centuries, Britain retains a monarchy, a prime minister, a Cabinet and two Houses of Parliament. British politics, as it is today, is only understandable through understanding the context in which it emerged (see Comparing British Politics 2.1).
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