Consensus, Crisis and Coalition: Introduction to British Politics
In this course I look at the course of British politics since the end of the Second World War through to day focusing each week on a particular prime minister and their legacy. What I try to show is how many of the problems faced by politicians today have been confronted by generations of politicians past. I am interested in what has changed in British politics and what has not changed and how decisions which were taken in the past have shaped the choices faced by British leaders today. I look at the way in which a consensus was created in British politics during the 1950s and 1960s and at how that consensus was challenged by Margaret Thatcher in the 1980s. In the tutorials I look at whether there is a now a new consensus in British politics and how the major political parties are struggling to adapt to changes in the electorate, the economy and society.
Topics covered on this module
First Year | Spring Semester
Module Code: POL115