Politics and Governance in the UK

Second edition

by Michael Moran

Extra Resources - Chapter 04

This chapter is, in the widest sense, about the 'political culture' of the UK: about the understandings, popular and elite, which shape thinking and behaviour about the rule of the game. Any beginner to the study of Britain should read the great historic classic, Bagehot (1867/1963). Harrison (1996) is in many ways an attempt to reimagine Bagehot for the modern world. The authoritative modern student political science student of the Constitution is Bogdanor: see 2003, 1996 and 1995. Since the first edition of this book two outstanding works have been published by eminent scholars of British politics: King (2007) and Bogdanor (2009) who has capped his long and distinguished list of works with a magisterial summary. The outstanding modern theorist of the Constitution is Marshall: see 1980 and 1984. Brazier is the most accessible and wisest public lawyer for political scientists to read: Brazier (1999) is the best single author study on the constitutional foundations of political practice; Brazier and de Smith (1998) is the standard text on constitutional law; while Brazier (1998) is still worth reading despite the passage of time. The authoritative modern collection on constitutional theory and practice is Jowell and Oliver (2007). Foley (1999) is an outstanding analytic study of the Constitution. On political culture, the two modern 'classics' are Almond and Verba (1963 and 1980). Parry, Moyser and Day (1992), while a study focused on participation, is a mine of information on cultural patterns. Hall (1999) is excellent on themes of trust and deference. Weir and Beetham (1999) is a sceptical interrogation of the democratic political culture.

The best web site for this chapter is provided by the Constitution Unit at University College London: http://www.ucl.ac.uk/constitution-unit.