Politics and Governance in the UK

Second edition

by Michael Moran

Extra Resources - Chapter 02

Colley (1996) is a famous interpretation of the emergence of British identity. Kumar (2003) examines the issue of English identity. Although not on Britain alone, a wonderful introduction to the historical background is Hobsbawm (1962/1997), which introduces the idea of the significance of the 'two revolutions' (French and Industrial) referred to in this chapter. More ruminative, and more focused on domestic politics, is Harrison (1996). Gamble (1981/94) is definitive on 'decline'; English and Kenny (2000) give a good sense of the different voices in this debate. Timmins (1995) vividly tells the story of the welfare state. Fraser (2003) is a more orthodox academic history. Greenleaf (1983, 1983a, 1987) though never easy is a hugely rich account. Kennedy (1989) is an interpretation of British imperial decline that sets decline in wider accounts of the rise and fall of nations. Alford (1996) is excellent on the British economy in the world economy. Gamble (2003) is excellent on the 'crossroads' in British foreign policy. Cain and Hopkins (1993, a and b) is now a 'classic' study of the historical roots of the economy/state/City of London/imperialism connection.

The single most illuminating collection of studies of British society is edited by Halsey and Webb (2000) - comprehensive in range, and given an especial value because it traces changes across the twentieth century. Two annual official publications from The Office of National Statistics - the government's publishing arm - are invaluable, their value increasing yearly since they commonly contain time series going back over more than thirty years: they are Social Trends and Regional Trends. An invaluable account of models of capitalism that 'sets' Britain internationally is Coates (2000). A good summary study of the changing occupational makeup is Gallie (2000). The standard study of the subject of occupation is Routh (1987). Gallie et al (1998) trace late twentieth century changes. Key issues of gender can be explored in Martin and Roberts (1984), Hakim (1998) and Rubery et al (1998). Peach et al (2000) are summarily standard on immigration and ethnicity. Hannah (1983) is standard on the long term changes in the structure of the firm. Barr (2001) can be used to trace issues about equality and inequality.

Two excellent web sites for this chapter are: that of the Centre for the Study of Social Exclusion, http://sticerd.lse.ac.uk; and, for historical sources, that of Centre for Contemporary British History at http://www.ccbh.ac.uk/home.php.