Contemporary British Political Themes and Issues: 2019 to 2024

148,149 TUTOR: Max Stafford (PhD)

 

A newly-revised version of a successful course! With a post-2019 focus, the course explores current themes and issues within the British throughout the current Parliament. We begin by setting British politics within its current contexts. The course then progresses onto constitutional change, modern leadership and whether our politics is capable of reform. Can our current crop of politicians win back the trust (and votes) of the public? Who will lead each party in the future? The course offers tutor-led lectures but with plenty of interaction and subsequent discussion. It is led by a current university tutor who has a background as a political aide.


 


 

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Course Notes

 

Revised and revamped for an election year - welcome to British Politics! With a post-2019 focus, the course explores current themes and issues within the British throughout the current Parliament. We begin by setting British politics within its current contexts. The course then progresses onto constitutional change, modern leadership and whether our politics is capable of reform. Can our current crop of politicians win back the trust (and votes) of the public? Who will lead each party in the future? The course offers tutor-led lectures but with plenty of interaction and subsequent discussion. It is led by a current university tutor who has a background as a political aide.

 

Day 1:

 

Introduction: Wither the British constitution?

Questions to consider include: Where does power lie within our current system? Is the monarchy still relevant to British democracy?

 

What do the public say are the important themes and issues?

We'll take a look at some polling, as well as hearing from students around the room, to determine what the big debates are (or could be) in British politics.

 

Day 2:

 

Elections

How do they work and how do modern politicians fight them? How will 2024 pan out, in electoral terms?

 

Communications

We'll discuss "spin”, how politicians try to influence you, and what is a soundbite. If there's time, you might even get to experience what it's like to be interviewed!

 

Day 3:

 

Parties I: The Conservatives - In crisis?

Questions to include: Is Britain naturally Conservative? Do the Conservatives have a unified identity in 2024? Who will the next Conservative leader be?

 

 

Parties II: Labour - Undefined?

Does the Labour Party have a prolonged identity crisis? Is Labour side-tracked by non-issues and metropolitan concerns? Who will the next Labour leader be?

 

 

Day 4:

 

Parties III: The "Others”.

We'll take a look at smaller parties, single-issue campaigns, and the potential for a multi-party democracy.

 

 

How does government work? Doesit work?

We'll look at the Cabinet system, premiership, and how government operates.

 

Day 5:

 

Britain and the World: Do we matter, anymore?

What is "Global Britain” and where does it have an impact in the world? Are we still a major power in global affairs? What are the big upcoming challenges?

 

Open discussion

An opportunity to discuss anything that you wanted to get your teeth into more during the week.

 

Student Equipment

 

Paper, notepad, pens etc for note-taking (or electronic equivalent)

Any readings of interest that they wish to discuss together

 

 

Indicative Bibliography

 

Bale, The Conservatives since 1945, (Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2012)

Bennet, Six Moments of Crisis: Inside British Foreign Policy, (Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2013)

Bogdanor, From New Jerusalem to New Labour: British Prime Ministers from Attlee to Blair, (Basingstoke: Palgrave Macmillan, 2010)

Bogdanor: The New British Constitution, (Oxford: Hart Pub, 2012)

Campbell, The Blair Years, (London: Hutchinson, 2007)

Coxall, Contemporary British Politics, (Basingstoke: Palgrave Macmillan, 2003)

Denver, Elections and Voters in Britain, (Basingstoke: Palgrave Macmillan, 2012)

Dunleavy, Developments in British Politics, (Basingstoke: Palgrave Macmillan, 2006)

Drive, Understanding British Party Politics, (Cambridge: Polity, 2011)

Gowland, Britain and European Integration since 1945, (London: Routledge, 2010)

Jones, Politics UK, (Harlow: Pearson Education 2007)

Leach, British Politics, (Basingstoke: Palgrave Macmillan, 2006)

McKay, Budge, Newton & Crewe, The New British Politics, (London: Pearson Longman, 2004)

Politics Association, Two Decades in British Politics, (Manchester: Manchester University Press, 1992)

Seldon, Blair, (London: Free, 2005)

Self, British Foreign and Defence Policy Since 1945, (Basingstoke: Palgrave Macmillan, 2010)

Thomas, Popular Newspapers, the Labour Party and British Politics, (London: Routledge, 2005)

Wall, A Stranger in Europe: Britain and the EU from Thatcher to Blair, (Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2008)

Wright, British Politics: A Very Short Introduction, (Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2013)

 

BBC News http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/politics

Hansard Society http://www.hansardsociety.org.uk

The Spectator http://www.spectator.co.uk

Politics.co.uk http://www.politics.co.uk

New Statesman http://www.newstatesman.co.uk

Course Tutor

Max Stafford

PhD

About Max

 

Dr. Max Stafford is a university lecturer and former political adviser. He currently does research into the role, significance, and evolution of the Downing Street Chief-of-Staff and is writing a book on this topic. He has published on a range of themes related to political leadership, policy innovations and British Politics. He previously worked for former cabinet ministers.

 

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