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GV311: British Government

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GV311 (2014/15) Week 20: General Elections in Britain

Released on: 1 April 2015

Contributor(s): Professor Vernon Bogdanor

Is the 2015 election different from earlier ones or is the pattern set? Is Britain moving towards more coalitions and...

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GV311 (2014/15) Week 19: British government’s relations with Europe (part 2)

Released on: 20 March 2015

Contributor(s): Professor Simon Hix

These two lectures will consider the UK’s formal relations with the European Union, the Council of Europe, and other...

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GV311 (2014/15) Week 18: British government’s relations with Europe (part 1)

Released on: 13 March 2015

Contributor(s): Professor Simon Hix

These two lectures will consider the UK’s formal relations with the European Union, the Council of Europe, and other...

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GV311 (2014/15) Week 17: Accountability to Parliament

Released on: 2 March 2015

Contributor(s): Richard Bacon MP

Richard Bacon MP looks at the accountability of government to Parliament in the light of Parliamentarians’ belief there...

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GV311 (2014/15) Week 16: Select Committees

Released on: 24 February 2015

Contributor(s): Professor George Jones

Professor George Jones examines the evolution of Parliamentary select committees within the UK Parliament, in...

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GV311 (2014/15) Week 15: Media, politics and government

Released on: 18 February 2015

Contributor(s): Professor Charlie Beckett

We consider the way the press, TV and radio have traditionally been seen as a key feature of British government and...

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GV311 (2014/15) Week 14: Policy-making and external influences

Released on: 13 February 2015

Contributor(s): Professor Ed Page

Will consider the ways policy is made and the processes it goes through prior to implementation. Party election...

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GV311 (2014/15) Week 13: Scotland and the UK

Released on: 9 February 2015

Contributor(s): Professor Jim Gallagher

This theme will explore the future of Scotland within the UK in the context of the 2014 independence referendum. The...

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GV311 (2014/15) Week 12: Recent Reform

Released on: 26 January 2015

Contributor(s): Professor Gerry Stoker

Reforms to Parliament and other key institutions, including issues such as the number of MPs and constituencies,...

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GV311 (2014/15) Week 11: The judiciary, the courts and justice

Released on: 22 January 2015

Contributor(s): Professor Conor Gearty

Judges, the court system and wider justice arrangements are a major element in the British constitutional arrangements....

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GV311 (2014/15) Week 10: Political Parties and Elections – part 2

Released on: 18 December 2014

Contributor(s): Professor Patrick Dunleavy

The development of political parties will be described as will party loyalty and bases of support. Protest voting and...

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GV311 (2014/15) Week 9: Political Parties and Elections – part 1

Released on: 10 December 2014

Contributor(s): Professor Patrick Dunleavy

The development of political parties will be described as will party loyalty and bases of support. Protest voting and...

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GV311 (2014/15) Week 8: Public finance and taxation

Released on: 1 December 2014

Contributor(s): Professor Tony Travers

Examines the way taxation is determined and levied, and how public expenditure is planned and controlled. The operation...

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GV311 (2014/15) Week 7: Sub-national and local government

Released on: 26 November 2014

Contributor(s): Professor Tony Travers

The importance of 19th century municipal development and the subsequent decline of local government power will be...

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GV311 (2014/15) Week 6: The Civil Service and QUANGOs

Released on: 24 November 2014

Contributor(s): Professor Kate Jenkins

The development of the contemporary civil service, in particular its traditions of impartiality and generalism, the...

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GV311 (2014/15) Week 5: Parliament and Government

Released on: 6 November 2014

Contributor(s): Professor George Jones

The operation of the UK Parliament today, including key officers, the Parliamentary roles of government and Opposition,...

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GV311 (2014/15) Week 4: Development of modern British government

Released on: 3 November 2014

Contributor(s): Professor Alan Sked

Changes since 1945, in particular, will be examined, including the creation of a fully-democratic franchise, the...

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GV311 (2014/15) Week 3: Evolution of State and Constitution

Released on: 24 October 2014

Contributor(s): Professor Martin Loughlin

The development of the key institutions, notably the Monarchy and Parliament, which constitute today’s system of...

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GV311 (2014/15) Week 2: Philosophy, Ideas and British Politics

Released on: 17 October 2014

Contributor(s): Professor Paul Kelly

The key philosophical influences that affect contemporary British politics.

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GV311 (2014/15) Week 1: Introduction

Released on: 9 October 2014

Contributor(s): Professor Tony Travers

An introduction to the key themes that will be covered during this lecture series.

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