The Politics Today Companion To the British Constitution
This companion to the British Constitution was born out of the view that the tendency for modern political studies to concentrate on processes rather than structures results in a failure to understand basic political terminology. Readers coming to politics for the first time often do not have the basic vocabulary with which to understand the subject. This book is an attempt to provide that basic vocabulary. An introductory survey of concepts relating to the constitutional framework leads to a glossary in which basic terminology is clearly defined and extensively cross-referenced. The glossary can therefore be used as a reference to find the meaning of a word or expression, as an aid to developing a newcomer's ideas or to provide illustrative material for essays.
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Act of UNION administrative amendments appeal appointed assembly backbenchers ballot Bill of Rights body Britain British constitution CABINET COMMITTEES CABINET SECRETARY candidates cent century citizens civil servants civil service Commission COMMITTEE STAGE common law convention criminal debate decisions devolution election England and Wales English European Union executive government departments government ministers HIGH COURT House of Commons House of Lords important Irish islands issue John Major judges judicial judiciary jury Justice known Labour Party LEGISLATIVE PROCESS Lord Chancellor magistrates mandate manifesto Margaret Thatcher meetings ministerial monarch Northern Ireland Office organisation PARLIAMENT ACT parliamentary privilege PARLIAMENTARY SUPREMACY peerages peers President prime minister PRIVY procedure PROPORTIONAL REPRESENTATION prosecution questions referendum reform represented royal rules Scotland SCOTTISH LAW seats SELECT COMMITTEE session SHERIFF SIMPLE MAJORITY sovereignty Speaker speech standing committees statutory Stormont Tory Treasury tribunals unitary authorities vote Welsh WEST LOTHIAN QUESTION Westminster whips