Essentials of UK Politics and Government

Autor Andrew Heywood, Kathy Schindler, Adam Tomes
en Limba Engleză Paperback – 8 iul 2021
Essentials of UK Politics and Government is the go-to textbook for all A-level Politics students studying the Edexcel specification. Building on Andrew Heywood's signature accessible style, this new fifth edition has been thoroughly updated by Kathy Schindler and Adam Tomes who draw on their experience to provide an innovative guide to UK Politics. This book covers all the core topics from Democracy and Participation, Elections and Referendums and Voting Behaviour, to the Constitution, the Prime Minister and Parliament. Packed with contemporary examples, this edition includes material on the 2017 and 2019 General Elections, Covid-19 and the latest Brexit developments. Curated pedagogical features such as Key Topic Debates, Case Studies and Synoptic Links will encourage students to strengthen their critical thinking skills and hone their ability to debate with confidence. Accompanying the book is a content-rich companion website featuring bonus case studies, further sample student answers with annotations, tips for planning and organising revision and much more.Accompanying online resources for this title can be found at These resources are designed to support teaching and learning when using this textbook and are available at no extra cost.
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ISBN-13: 9781352012309
ISBN-10: 1352012308
Pagini: 354
Ilustrații: 58 colour figures, 26 colour tables, 59 colour photos
Dimensiuni: 210 x 280 x 22 mm
Greutate: 0 kg
Ediția:5th ed. 2021
Editura: Bloomsbury Publishing
Colecția Bloomsbury Academic
Locul publicării:London, United Kingdom


Offers a wide range of features to aid learning, including synoptic link boxes, definitions of key terms from the specification as well as other important concepts, writing tips, chapter summaries, and exam-style questions

Notă biografică

ANDREW HEYWOOD is author of such best-selling textbooks as Politics, Political Ideologies and Global Politics, used by hundreds of thousands of students around the world. KATHY SCHINDLER has been teaching Politics for 30 years. She is part of the Senior Examination Team for a large exam board and was involved in the development of the new linear Politics specification. ADAM TOMES has been teaching since the year 2000, working at York College for most of that time. Adam has held a range of roles as an examiner and trainer for a large exam board whilst also co-authoring a number of textbooks.


How to Use the Book1. Democracy and Participation: Suffrage2. Democracy and Participation: Pressure Groups and Rights3. Political Parties4. Elections and Referendums5. Voting Behaviour6. The Media7. The Constitution8. Parliament9. The Prime Minister and Executive10. Supreme Court, EU and Sovereignty11. Exam Focus


At such an important time for the study of Politics, Essentials of UK Politics and Government cuts right through the complexities and jargon and guides students to the heart of the crucial debates, whilst remaining both challenging and accessible.
Essentials of UK Politics and Government is by far the most comprehensive and readable Politics textbook. It combines excellent subject content with practical exam focus and exemplar material. A must for any aspiring high-grade Politics student.
The book Politics teachers and students have been waiting for! Finally, a readable and in-depth analysis of British Politics with scaffolded elements to both challenge and support students.
Heywood's Politics textbooks have been my "go-to" textbooks for 20 years. His books are well written and accessible, and this book is no different. This is the best Edexcel A-Level UK Politics book that covers the new syllabus.
This is a fantastic resource for A-Level Politics students and teachers. The generous number of case studies, helpful website suggestions, synoptic links and exam tips add depth and will help students to apply their knowledge in exams. I cannot wait to start using this book!
This definitive companion to Edexcel A-Level Politics will prove indispensable for students. Essentials of UK Politics and Government presents the study of Politics as it should be, a living and breathing discipline that evolves through debate. It not only provides students with a lively and highly readable guide to the specification content, but also develops theirunderstanding of how to use this content when responding to essay and source questions. A valuable learning andteaching tool that will undoubtedly improve grades.
An engaging and accessible access point to Politics with sage exam advice and contemporary examples to support and challenge students' thinking. This is the go to text for A-Level Politics.
Clear, concise and up-to-date, the new edition of Essentials of UK Politics and Government is a fantastic companion to the Edexcel Politics A-Level and a great tool in aiding students in their studies. The book lays out information in a way that is going to help students to access and engage with the material with ease. The topical case studies and the presentation of key debates in a "for and against" format lends itself nicely to being applied to essay style questions. I can see my students benefiting greatly from this textbook.
Essentials of UK Politics and Government provides an excellently comprehensive guide to the Edexcel Paper 1 and 2 specifications. Using debates to present complex course content, it allows students to develop their thinking. Clear signposting of synoptic links and definitions means that this textbook suits all students, providing both the opportunity to check their understanding of the fundamentals as well as stretch and challenge themselves. I would highly recommend this to teachers and students in the Politics community.
An accessible and intuitive guide to A-Level Politics. This comprehensive book offers vital guidance on how to effectively teach, and understand, all aspects of the syllabus. I highly recommend this book to help guide teachers, as well as students.
Essentials of UK Politics and Government has everything students need in an A-Level textbook. This is a book that develops students' skills, deepens their knowledge and ignites debates. Students of A-Level Politics will find this book helpful, engaging and thought-provoking. Fresh, accessible and well-laid out, I would highly recommend this to fellow A-Level Politics departments.
This book is an excellent tool for any student studying A-Level Politics, or any teacher teaching it. The clear layout of different topics in a for and against structure perfectly suits students' learning needs, and the helpful graphs and infographics make key information clear and easy to understand.