An overview of the British political system
in British politics today
Abstract only
Log-in for full text

This chapter presents an overview of the British political system in the form of questions and answers. The topics in which questions are raised and answers are provided include representative democracy, decision-making, civil service and local government. The fundamental idea underpinning the British system of governance is democracy but utilises representatives. The representatives are answerable, at least in theory, to someone, or some group of people, at every stage of their decision-making. Interpreting government decisions gives a degree of power to senior civil servants and advising ministers in theory gives them hidden power to run the country. Local governments are also important but the gradual stripping of power from local authorities since the middle of the last century and the strangling of their financial freedom of action has made local government less attractive to able people and less interesting to voters.

British politics today

The essentials

Metrics

All Time Past Year Past 30 Days
Abstract Views 266 185 4
Full Text Views 0 0 0
PDF Downloads 0 0 0