Politics and Governance in the UK

Second edition

by Michael Moran

Extra Resources - Chapter 01

The classic introduction to the nature of politics is Crick (2000). A standard American work which is particularly strong on the study of power and authority is Dahl (1984). Professor Crick chaired a committee on the teaching of citizenship: its report (Crick 1998) is a very good introduction to the study of the subject in a British setting. Finer (1997, 3 volumes), is an exhilarating and demanding read. Laswell (1950) is probably the most influential 'political science' statement about the nature of politics. Birch (1978) is excellent on issues of representation and is rooted in Britain. A very good introduction to the historically controversial meaning of democracy is Macpherson (1971). An excellent collection of essays about the methods of studying politics, with a particular British 'bias' is Marsh and Stoker (2010.) Goodin and Klingemann (1996), quite advanced, nevertheless is immensely rewarding in surveying the discipline of political science. A successor to Goodin and Klingemann now exists: a huge 10 volume collection of Handbooks edited by various authors with Goodin as overall editor, published by Oxford University Press: a selection of the key chapters from each volume is Goodin (2009). The classic statement of a modern 'elite' theory of democracy, and an exhilarating read for any social scientist, is Schumpeter (1943.1976). Beetham (1991) is an excellent survey of ideas about authority, power and legitimacy.

The best web site for this chapter is http://www.psr.keele.ac.uk an amazing site maintained by one man, Richard Kimber, and a wonderful door into the often wacky world of political studies.