All books listed below will be available in the University library. You may also be able to buy them second-hand, and the student Politics Society runs a second-hand book stall once term starts. You are under no obligation to purchase any of these books in advance of you starting your course.
- 'The Battle for Orgreave' (relevant to the week on the Miners' Strike 1984-85) - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dn7DZSagDI4&app=desktop
- 'Generation Right' (an ESRC Documentary on Thatcher, made with Kim Howells who is a visiting speaker on the course) - https://www.surveymonkey.co.uk/r/GenerationRight
- 'Portillo on Thatcher: The Lady's Not for Spurning' (Originally shown on BBC4 in 2009) - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=POrUZtW8SHk
- 'Black Nurses: The Women who Saved the NHS' (Relevant to discussion of Windrush, immigration, and institutional racism'; originally shown on the BBC in 2016) - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sr8Ul6FTZzw
- Andrew Hindmoor, 12 Days that made Modern Britain (Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2019)
- Andrew Hindmoor, What's Left Now? The History and Future of Social Democracy (Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2018)
- ‘Politics: Why it Matters’ by Andrew Gamble (2019)
- Heywood, A. (2013) Politics (Basingstoke: Palgrave Macmillan). An introductory-level textbook that is frequently used in pre-University education. May provide a useful background for some topics.
- Runciman, D. (2014) Politics: Ideas in Profile (London: Profile). An excellent introduction to politics that covers many of the module themes. An excellent choice to read before the module starts.
Introduction to Western Political Thought
- Plato: Crito
- Plato: The Republic
- Niccolò Machiavelli: The Prince
- Thomas Hobbes: Leviathan
- Jean-Jacques Rousseau: The Social Contract
- Edmund Burke: Reflections on the Revolution in France
- Mary Wollstonecraft: A Vindication of the Rights of Woman
- John Stuart Mill: Utilitarianism and On Liberty
- Hannah Arendt: On the Origins of Totalitarianism
- Frantz Fanon: The Wretched of the Earth
Introduction to Global Political Economy
- Andre Broome, Issues and Actors in the Global Political Economy (London: Red Globe Press, 2014). An excellent introduction to IPE and the core themes in the module.
- Anthony Payne, A (2011) ‘Why Political Economy?’ SPERI Comment, http://speri.dept.shef.ac.uk/2012/11/05/political-economy/
- Strange, S., 1999. The Westfailure system. [PDF]. British International Studies Association, pp.345-354. Available at: https://www.cambridge.org/core.
Introduction to International Relations
- Stephen McGlinchey, ed., International Relations (E-IR: 2016) This is a free to download e book available at https://www.e-ir.info/publication/beginners-textbook-international-relations/
Follow the latest issues and debates via these IR related websites:
Introduction to Comparative Politics
- Lim, T. C. (2016). Doing comparative politics: An introduction to approaches and issues. Boulder, Co.: Lynne Rienner
- Chapter One = a good introduction to the subject; https://oxforduniversitypress.app.box.com/v/he-9780198820604
If you are interested in how comparative politics can help us understand government responses to Covid-19. Here are some blog-style articles:
- - https://duckofminerva.com/2020/03/state-regime-government-and-society-in-covid-19-response-establishing-baseline-expectations.html
- - https://items.ssrc.org/covid-19-and-the-social-sciences/democracy-and-pandemics/risk-for-us-or-for-them-the-comparative-politics-of-diversity-and-responses-to-aids-and-covid-19/
- https://www.v-dem.net/en/ A project that examines how countries are becoming more authoritarian over time. There are a few videos and reports that will be of interest for potential students.
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