Who Governs Britain? - Pelican Books (Paperback)Anthony King (author)
'Jaw-dropping' Daily Telegraph
'A timely examination of how the distribution of power has shifted' Guardian
Where does power lie in Britain today? Is our system of government still fit for purpose? A revelatory guide from the esteemed expert in British government and politics
The British system has been radically transformed in recent decades, far more than most of us realize. As acclaimed political scientist and bestselling author Anthony King shows, this transformation lies at the heart of British politics today. Imagining - or pretending - that the British political system and Britain's place in the world have not greatly changed, our political leaders consistently promise more than they can perform. Political and economic power is now widely dispersed both inside and outside the UK, but Westminster politicians still talk the language of Attlee and Churchill. How exactly has the British system changed? Where does power now lie? In Who Governs Britain?, King offers the first assessment in many years of Britain's governing arrangements as a whole, providing much needed context for the upcoming election.
Publisher: Penguin Books Ltd
Number of pages: 352
Weight: 204 g
Dimensions: 181 x 111 x 20 mm
A jaw-dropping read... Who Governs Britain? poses a simple question, with a clear answer: no one does * Daily Telegraph *
A timely examination of how the distribution of power has shifted... Anthony King has been sagely assessing British politics from the University of Essex for half a century -- Andy Beckett * Guardian *
Power escaped the grasp of the centre long ago. We no longer believe politicians can do what they say... This is the subject of a fine new book by the distinguished political scientist and veteran of BBC election nights, Anthony King -- Philip Collins * The Times *
A comprehensive and compelling guide to how government works in Britain and the sources of its many failings -- Bill Emmott * Financial Times *
Fascinating... The abiding lesson of King's intriguing book is that power is all over the place and somehow nowhere in particular -- Philip Collins * Prospect *
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