Essentials of UK Politics

Third edition

by Andrew Heywood

Weblinks

Weblinks are arranged by chapter, browse through the whole list or click on one of chapter titles below to go straight to the weblinks for that topic.

Chapter 2: Democracy and Participation
Chapter 3: Elections and Voting
Chapter 4: Political Parties
Chapter 5: Pressure Groups
Chapter 6: The Constitution
Chapter 7: Parliament
Chapter 8: Prime Minister, Cabinet and Executive
Chapter 9: Judges and Civil Liberties
Chapter 10: The EU and Multilevel Governance

Chapter 2: Democracy and Participation

www.democraticaudit.com
Use this website to follow debates over democracy in the modern UK. Democratic Audit is a research and advocacy organization that monitors the effectiveness of democracy and human rights in the UK and internationally.

www.unlockdemocracy.org.uk
Use this website to find out more about criticism of UK democracy. Unlock Democracy is a campaigning organization formed by Charter 88 at New Politics Network. It attempts to tackle the crisis of legitimacy facing UK politics by widening popular access to government and the decision-making process.

www.hansardsociety.org.uk
Use this website to find out more about initiatives in digital democracy. The Hansard Society runs an e-democracy programme that examines ways of using interactive technologies to reinvigorate links between Parliament and citizens.

www.civitas.org.uk/eufacts/
Use this website to find out more about the campaign to lower the voting age in the UK. Votes At 16 is a campaigning organization.

www.aboutmyvote.co.uk

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Chapter 3: Elections and Voting

www.electoralcommission.org.uk
Use the Electoral Commission website for extensive information about the conduct of elections in the UK and for considering also ways of improving electoral democracy.

www.electoral-reform.org.uk
Use the Electoral Reform Society website for detailed information on the workings of voting systems. The Electoral Reform Society is a long-time critic of FPTP and a supporter of STV.

www.makemyvotecount.org.uk
Use the Make My Vote Count site for a critical review of FPTP and its campaign to widen voter choice and strengthen representation.

http://tutor2u.net/politics/topics/elections/class_voting.htm
Use this tutor2u website to find out more about social class and voting behaviour in the UK.

www.essex.ac.uk/bes
Use the British Election Study at the University of Essex for a detailed analysis of the 2005 general election and of matters influencing voting behaviour.

www.ipsos-mori.com
Use Ipsos MORI for general information on UK voting behaviour and for the latest surveys on political issues.

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Chapter 4: Political Parties

www.epolitix.com
Use the ePolitix website to gain access to wide-ranging and up-to-date political news, comment and interviews.

www.guardian.co.uk
Use the Guardian Unlimited website for news and comment on current affairs, with helpful links to other sites.

www.politicalcompass.org
Use the Political Compass website to test your own political views on a left/right and a libertarian/authoritarian spectrum.

http://fabians.org.uk
Use the Fabian Society website for ‘left of centre’ comment on contemporary UK policies and issues. The Fabian Society is affiliated to the Labour Party.

www.conwayfor.org.uk
Use the Conservative Way Forward website to find out about current Thatcherite thinking within the Conservative Party.

www.labour.org.uk
Use the Labour Party site to find out about the party’s policies and current campaigns.

www.conservatives.com
Use the Conservative Party website to find out about the party’s current ideas, policies and campaigns.

www.libdems.org.uk
Use the Liberal Democrats website to find out about the party’s current ideas, policies and campaigns.

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Chapter 5: Pressure Groups

www.historylearningsite.co.uk/pressure_groups.htm
Use this website to find general information about the nature and types of pressure groups, as well as their links to democracy and pluralism.

www.greenpeace.org
Use the Greenpeace International website to find out about the group’s values, organization and current campaigns.

www.cbi.org.uk
Use the Confederation of British Industry website to find out about its activities and its current policy positions.

www.countryside-alliance.org
Use the Countryside Alliance’s website to find out about the group and its current campaigns.

www.stopwar.org.uk
Use the Stop the War Coalition website for news and analysis and details of the group’s current activities.

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Chapter 6: The Constitution

www.constitution.org/cons/natlcons.htm
Use this website for detailed information about constitutions worldwide, including the text of the Magna Carta and the Bill of Rights 1689.

www.cfoi.org.uk
Use the Campaign for Freedom of Information website for information on the issue and on the group’s current campaigns.

www.historylearningsite.co.uk/british_constitutionone.htm
Use this website to access general information about the nature and workings of the UK constitution.

www.ucl.ac.uk/constitution-unit
Use the Constitution Unit of University College London for research and analysis on constitutional change in its various forms.

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Chapter 7: Parliament

www.parliament.uk
Use the Parliament website for a host of information about how Parliament works, its composition and activities.

www.polis.parliament.uk
Use the Parliamentary Online Indexing Service for access to resources on Parliament and very useful fact sheets about Parliament’s working, history and membership.

www.hansardsociety.org.uk
Use the Hansard Society website for information on ways of strengthening Parliament and of promoting democracy.

www.revolts.co.uk
Use this website for an authoritative and entertaining analysis of backbench behaviour in the UK, run by Philip Cowley at the University of Nottingham.

www.electthelords.org.uk
Use the Elect the Lords website for information and arguments in favour of a democratic second chamber.

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Chapter 8: Prime Minister, Cabinet and Executive

www.number10.gov.uk
Use the Number 10 Downing Street website as a wide-ranging source of information about the prime minister and related bodies, including the cabinet. This site can be used to send emails to the Prime Minister.

www.civilservice.gov.uk
Use the Civil Service website for general information about the civil service and for related news stories.

www.cabinetoffice.gov.uk
Use the Cabinet Office website as a source of information about the activities of this key coordinating body.

www.johnmajor.co.uk
Use this website for information about John Major and the 1990–7 Conservative government.

www.number10.gov.uk
Use this website to get an up-to-date list of cabinet members and other ministers, including their biographical background.

www.margaretthatcher.org
Use the Margaret Thatcher Foundation website as a source of information about Thatcher, her life and ideas.

http://news.bbc.co.uk
Use this website for further details about, and analysis of, these and other ministerial resignations.

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Chapter 9: Judges and Civil Liberties

www.hmcourts-service.gov.uk
Use the government’s Court Service website to find more information about the court system and related matters.

www.justice.gov.uk
Use the website of the Ministry of Justice to find out more about the administration of justice in England and Wales. The Ministry of Justice (created in May 2007) is responsible for the courts, prisons, probation, criminal law and sentencing.

www.liberty-human-rights.org.uk
Use this website for news and comment about civil liberties issues. Liberty (formally known as the National Council on Civil Liberties) is a prominent campaigning organization on the issues of individual rights and personal freedom.

www.justice.org.uk
Use this website for critical analysis and comment on civil liberties in the UK. Justice is one of the county’s leading legal and human rights organizations.

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Chapter 10: The EU and Multilevel Governance

www.lga.gov.uk
Use the local government association website to find out more about the work and activities of English and Welsh local authorities.

www.devolution.info
Use the DevWeb site to gain access to a wealth of information about the nature and workings of devolution across the UK.

www.devolution.ac.uk
Use this website, which is part of the Economic and Social Research Council research programme, to gain access to a wide range of reports about devolution and constitutional change.

www.civitas.org.uk/eufacts
Use this Civitas website to access a helpful series of EU fact sheets (Civitas is the Institute for the Study of Civil Society).

www.europa.eu.int/index_en.htm
Use the EU official website to find links to EU bodies such as the European Parliament, the Council of Ministers and the European Commission.

www.politics.guardian.co.uk/eu
Use this website to access the Guardian’s special reports on the UK and the EU.

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