Course Code
PSCI 0240
Course Type
Subject Credit
Course Availability

Since the Second World War, British politics has been in some ways stable and in others subject to radical change. The norm of two-party politics in the House of Commons has been undermined electorally and challenged by Celtic nationalism, anti-immigration politics and disillusion with the political class. Management of the economy by the government has been contested from the beginning of the period, although some see evidence of a post-war consensus on the mixed economy and the welfare state. The formal British Empire is no more, but Britain still seeks a world role in parallel with its semi-detached membership of the European Union. Attlee, Thatcher, Blair and others have sought to fundamentally change the character of the British state, but some continuities remain remarkably enduring.