The revised and updated eighth edition of the bestselling textbook Politics UK is an indispensible introduction to British politics. It provides a thorough and accessible overview of the institutions and processes of British government, a good grounding in British political history and an incisive introduction to the issues facing Britain today. With contributed chapters from respected scholars in the field and contemporary articles on real-world politics from well-known political commentators, this textbook is an essential guide for students of British politics. The eighth edition welcomes brand new material from eight new contributors to complement the rigorously updated and highly valued chapters retained from the previous edition. The eighth edition includes: * Britain in context boxes offering contrasting international perspectives of themes in British politics. * A comprehensive 'who's who' of politics in the form of Profile boxes featuring key political figures. * And another thing ...pieces: short articles written by distinguished commentators including Jonathan Powell, Michael Moran and Mark Garnett. * Fully updated chapters plus new material providing excellent coverage of contemporary political events including: The Leveson Inquiry, the aftermath of the 2011 riots and the House of Lords reform. * A vibrant and accessible new design to excite and engage students as the work through a variety of political topics. * A new epilogue to the book offering a critical perspective of the trials and tribulations of the Coalition Government, including an overview of the major differences that divide the coalition partners.