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Government and Politics : Advanced Level [Year 1] and  AS Level Teaching Resources

 

New Advanced Level and AS Level  Government and Politics Specifications have been introduced for first teaching from September 2017. There are some variations as between these specifications and I do not cover all of the topics in these Specifications on my site. However I hope that you will nevertheless find some of these resources  useful whatever Specification you are following .

Also you may  click here for links to other Government and Politics  sites which may well contain resources on topics which I have not covered myself.

Click here for the new  EDEXCEL Government and Politics  Specification and  supporting resources and  here  for new assessment guidance from EDEXCEL [Published September 2017]

Click here  the new AQA Government and Politics Specification and supporting resources

Useful links on contemporary UK Government and Politics  : Politics from the Summer of 2016. This page contains the following 5 links 

Also click here for BBC Political Reviews of the years 2014, 2015 and 2016

 

Teaching Notes and Links

Introduction

AS Government and Politics: Introduction

The State : Power, Authority and Coercion

The Nature of Democracy

Citizen Participation in Representative Democracies

Political Participation : Turnout in the 2010 General Election [From OpenLearn]

Trends in UK Political Participation [From Democratic Audit]

Political Disengagement in Britain August 2017

Detailed Guardian Poll on Reasons for not voting  December 2013

The Occupy Movement [External links]

Pluralist and Marxist Theories of the Mass Media: An Introduction  March 2015

How Democratic is the UK? The 2012 Audit [From Democratic Audit]

New Link : Democratic Audit 2016 Audit of Democracy 

 

Elections, Electoral Systems and Voting Behaviour

Representative Democracy and Elections

 Referendums [ revised with new links to analysis of the EU Referendum]

Referendums in the UK [ Report from House of Lords Select Committee on the Constitution} Long, detailed but useful to dip into 

Democracy in Recent Years [from tutor2u]

Sex and Power 2014 : Who runs Britain? [for the  Counting Women In Coalition 2014] NEW September 2014

 FPTP and PR Updated June 2015 [Now includes links to recent Electoral Reform Society Publication]

Is First Past the Post Working ? [From Democratic Audit] 

 

Different Electoral Systems and Recent Results in Local Government, Scottish Parliament, Welsh Assembly, London Mayoral , London Assembly and European Parliament Elections     Updated January 2017

  

Brief Guardian Explanation of Alternative Electoral Systems

*Link to Electoral Reform Society Publications*

Electoral Reform Society Analysis of UK General Election 2017

Link to BBC on Proposed Alternative Vote Referendum

*Link to BBC on N. Ireland Elections*

*Link to BBC on London Mayor Elections*

Voting Behaviour in the UK 

The UK General  Election of 2010 

The UK General Election of 2015:  Useful Links  

The UK General Election of 2017: Useful Links  [NEW June 2017] 

Labour and the 2017 General Election [Guardian Long Read [NEW September 2017]

Pressure Groups and Political Parties

Analysing Pressure Groups 

Democracy and Pressure Groups

Factors affecting the Power of Pressure Groups

Pressure Politics [Article by Wyn Grant]

Functions of Political Parties 

Useful essay on the Post-War Consensus [External link]

Overview of British Party Politics 1960s -2017 [Radio4  Archive on 4] NEW June 2017

 What does conservatism stand for ?[Recent Guardian article by Ed Rooksby]   

Click here for the Political Parties section of the 2012 Democratic Audit Report. Very useful, detailed information September 2012

Are Party Conferences a Waste of Time? Video Debate [40 minutes] with Polly Toynbee and Tim Montgomerie at a Policy Review Function  September 2012

Click here for Guardian Report of the above debate and here for a 2011 Daily Telegraph article On Party Conferences by Peter Oborne  September 2012

Recent detailed information on Party Membership Trends  

 

Liberalism and the Liberal Democrats  

The Conservative-Liberal Democrat Coalition [External links only] 

Nick Clegg: The Liberal who came to Power [2 Part Radio 4 series by Steve Richards]

The Conservatives in 2011 [From the BBC] 

The Liberal Democrats in 2011 [From the BBC] 

The Labour Party in 2011 [From the BBC]

BBC reviews of the year for Conservative, Labour and Liberal Democrat parties  October 2nd  2013

BBC Political Review of 2014

 

The Coalition: Lessons Learned ?

BBC Political Review of the Year 2015

BBC Political Review of the Year 2016

The Labour Party Leadership Election September 2015

The Labour Party Leadership Election 2016

Intra- Labour Party disputes July 2017

The Liberal Democrats in September 2017 [Andrew Rawnsley]

Labour and Party Conference September 2017

Labour and Single Market September 2017

The Prime Minister and the Cabinet 

The Prime Minister

Lectures by Professor Vernon Bogdanor on Prime Ministers form Attlee to Blair

Click here and then follow the relevant link for a very useful sample chapter from Introducing Politics for AS by Peter Holmes on The Executive: Prime Minister and Cabinet

The Cabinet [ with links to articles on "The Quad" and to a podcast on the Coalition]

Independent article reporting suggestion of "training for Ministers"  NEW June 2013

Some dimensions of Prime Ministerial Power [unfinished]

The Political Assassination of Margaret Thatcher [A clip from an Andrew  Marr Documentary posted on You Tube]

The End of Margaret Thatcher [a docu-drama posted on YouTube]

The Downing Street Years [a detailed 4 Part BBC documentary {now posted on YouTube} on the Premiership of Margaret Thatcher]

The Deal [Channel 4 Dramatised Documentary on the Relationship between Tony Blair and Gordon Brown]

The Rise and Fall of Tony Blair [Andrew Rawnsley's Documentary for Channel 4]

Michael Cockerell's three part BBC documentary on Tony Blair [now via You Tube]

Blair, Brown and the Management of No.10 [ Article by John Rentoul from "The Hidden Wiring"]

Andrew Rawnsley's Three Part Assessment of the Premiership of Tony Blair [From The Guardian]

Tony Blair and Parliament [From the BBC]

Click here for Steve Richard's Radio 4 Series on the Premiership of Gordon Brown

LSE Podcast  by Anthony Seldon on the Premiership of Gordon Brown 

Page of links on David Cameron and Conservative Ideology NEW October 2015

 The Cabinet Office and the Centre of Government [ House of Lords Report]  Long, detailed but useful to dip into

 BBC Coverage of long detailed House of Lords Debate on PM, Cabinet and related institutions

Core Executive and British Presidency: A Note

Individual Ministerial Responsibility and Collective Cabinet Responsibility: A Note

Vince Cable and the Tories: Collective Cabinet Responsibility?  [From Huffington Post] NEW March 2014

 Gresham's College Politics Lectures [containing a series on British Prime Ministers]

Click here for You Tube coverage of Professor Anthony King and Sir Ivor Crewe discussing "The Blunders of Our Governments".

The Formation of the Conservative-Liberal Democrat Coalition [from the BBC]

How Coalition Government Works { Video from The Constitution Unit of London University

The Coalition: Voters , Parties and Institutions  [Report on first year of Coalition :Institute for Government/University of East Anglia]

The Cabinet Manual 

The Cabinet Manual [Article and video from UCL: scroll down a little way for the video]

Mid -Term Report on the Coalition Government [Detailed Report from the Institute for Government]

The Secret World of Whitehall  and The Great Offices of State

{Two 3 part BBC series via You Tube]

Series of interviews with successive Cabinet Secretaries 1979-- NEW here April 2014

 

Parliament

The Law Making process in England and Wales

The Passage of Legislation

Legislation at Westminster [UCL Consitution Unit]

Free Votes in the House of Commons since 1997

Government defeats in the House of Commons 1945-2017

Video Discussion on Prime Minister's Question Time [From OpenLearn]

Select Committees [Houses of Parliament]

Commons Select Committees [ Parliament video]

Lords Select Committees [Parliament Video]

Policy impact of Select Committees [Detailed Report from UCL Constitution Unit]

Select Committees [Guardian]

Select Committees [The Constitution Society]

Dr Meg Russell on The House of Lords

Current data on membership of the House of Lords

More on The House of Lords

 

Very useful article on Select Committees [From the Economist November 2013]

Click here for recent BBC information on Private Member's Bills  

 

Brief Guides to Parliament [ MP, Legislative process, Questions, Select Committees] NEW December 2013

Click here for a recent [2011] very detailed briefing paper on the House of Lords and the case for its reform  by Dr. Alan Renwick for the Political Studies Association.

Click here for the Hansard Society

 

  

 

The UK Constitution

Very Useful Presentation on UK Constitution

European Court of Human Rights [BBC]

European Court of Human Rights and Parliamentary Sovereignty [BBC]

Reform of European Court of Human Rights [BBC]

Click here for 5 Podcasts from Tutor2U on the UK Constitution

 Devolution in Wales  and Scotland [More useful podcasts from Tutor2U]

Click here for  publications from the University College London Constitution Unit   ;