Debates in British Politics Today

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This text examines a range of current debates in British politics. Issues covered include: do we still need the monarchy? Is the mass media the enemy of democracy? Is politics still class-based? The environment - our world in danger or Green scaremongering? The contents focus directly on the dynamics of political argument in order to reveal how rival politicians and political scientists practice their persuasive art. Each contributor explores a disputed viewpoint, showing how differences of attitude and ideology structure the contemporary debate. Students should learn how an argument is constructed and develop the skills necessary for separating rhetoric from political reality. Further guidance is provided by summary boxes and suggested additional reading.