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Government and Politics : AS Level Teaching Resources

 

 

Useful Links

NEW Link : Politics in the Summer of 2016. [This page contains the following 4 links] 

NEW Link: Page of Links on Theresa May and The Conservative Party

NEW Link:  Page of Links on Labour Party Leadership Election

New Link: Page of Links on UK EU Referendum

New Link: Page of Links on Conservative Party Leadership Election 

New Link : Democratic Audit 2016 Audit of Democracy  

New Document June 2012: Aspects of British Politics 2010 Onwards. This document will be updated weekly with  new links  which hopefully will help students to keep up to date with current developments in British Politics

Important new link added July 2012: How Democratic is the UK? The 2012 Audit [From Democratic Audit] This thorough  report provides detailed, contemporary information on all aspects of the current UK political system. Indispensable

Important new link added November 2012.Visit The Folkestone School for Girls Government and Politics Resources .  This site provides detailed information on a wide range of topics covered in AS Government and Politics syllabi and in the A2 Option on American Government and Politics.  I am grateful to teachers at the school for permission to link to what is clearly a very useful site for AS and A2 students

Important new link added March 2014   Click here for the East Norfolk Sixth Form College Government and Politics Twitter Page  for  links to useful articles on UK Government and Politics [especially on Ideologies]  with suggested topics for discussion.

 Important new links added January 2013. Here are links to three short courses provided by the Open University which contain useful information and activities suitable for students of AS Government and Politics.

1.       Parliament and the Law

2.      Judges and the Law

3.      Europe and the Law

Important new link added January 2013. Visit the LSE British Politics and Policy Blog. Teachers of AS Government and Politics will find lots of very useful information to recommend to their students

 

Important new link added August 2013  Visit the Constitution Unit in the Department of Political Science  at University College London Teachers of AS Government and Politics will find lots of very useful information to recommend to their students.

Important new link added September 2013 Visit the Ashbourne College Government and Politics Site  The site has detailed, informative resources for UK Government and Politics and for  A2 Political Ideologies ...and more . Highly recommended

Important new link added December 2013 Click here for You Tube coverage of Professor Anthony King and Sir Ivor Crewe discussing "The Blunders of Our Governments".

Important new links added December 2013  ********

The Secret World of Whitehall[1] NEW here  December 2013 [Michael Cockerell: BBC First broadcast March 2011]

The Secret World of Whitehall [2 ]NEW here  December 2013 [Michael Cockerell: BBC First broadcast March 2011]

The Secret World of Whitehall [3] New here December 2013[Michael Cockerell: BBC  First Broadcast March 2011]

The following links to another 3 Part BBC Series by Michael Cockerell on The Great Offices of State provide detailed information on three specific government departments

 The Dark Department [The Home Office] NEW here December 2013

The Palace of Dreams [The Foreign Office ] NEW here December 2013

The Secret Treasury [The Treasury] NEW here December 2013

Important new link added December 2013 Click here for 100 Things we learned about Democracy in 2013 [From Democratic Audit]

Important new links added March 2014  Click here for "In It Together: the Inside Story of the Coalition Government " and here for "Social Democracy and the Nation after the Crash": very significant Podcast Lectures from the LSE given by Matthew d' Ancona and Professor Andrew Gamble respectively

Important new link added April 2014. Click here for Political Boffins at Weymouth College

Important new link added April 2015. Click here for series of detailed video lectures [with slides] on British Government from the LSE 

Important new link added October 2015 Click here for A Level Politics at Woodhouse College compiled by Head of Politics Mr Jal Patel

 

 

 Further Useful Links

 

  1. Link to the Politics Teacher site which contains a  useful and expanding set of resources including teaching notes, lesson plans, video clips and more on all aspects of UK Government and Politics

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  1. Link to AQA AS and A2 Government  and Politics
  2. Link to Edexcel AS and A2 Government and Politics
  3. Link to OCR AS and A2 Government and Politics  
  4. Link to Learning and Teaching Scotland tutor resources and student exercises for Scottish Intermediate and Higher Politics courses  
  5. 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
  6. Link to  very useful sample Chapters from Essentials of British Politics by Andrew Heywood  on Pressure Groups and on the Constitution 
  7. Click here and then follow the link on the right  hand side of the page or the link at the bottom of the page for the companion site for Essentials of British Politics by Andrew Heywood  
  8. Click here for BBC News Special Reports with an archive of reports reaching back to 1998. 
  9. Click here for BBC Political Review of the Year  
  10. Click here for BBC coverage of David Cameron in 2010
  11. Click here for Steve Richard's Radio 4 Series on the Premiership of Gordon Brown 
  12. Click here for BBC coverage of Ed Miliband in 2010

14.  Click here for The Coalition 2010-2011: [1]   [BBC]  

15.  The Coalition 2010-2011: [2]   [BBC]  

  1. Click here for recent BBC information on the Liberal Democrats 
  2. Click here for recent BBC information on Private Member's Bills  
  3. Click here for student resources designed to accompany the excellent Politics UK textbook. Resources include revision notes and comprehensive updates.
  4. Click here for Bill Jones' Blog to keep up to date with UK Politics on a more or less daily basis.
  5. Click here for a weekly series of Guardian Podcasts on UK Politics each of which lasts for about 25 minutes. The series currently [September 2011] contains about 265 programmes.
  6. 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.
  7. Click here  for Democratic Audit: visit the publications section for detailed information on several aspects of UK Politics.
  8. Click here for 3 useful BBC video clips on David Cameron, Nick Clegg and Ed Miliband in 2011
  9. Click here for BBC Radio 4 Profile Series : includes interviews with several leading politicians and officials...and with Engelbert  Humperdinck.   
  10. Click here for  publications from the University College London Constitution Unit  New Link: added June 2012
  11. Click here for British Government and Politics at LSE New link added July 2012
  12. Click here for the Hansard Society New link added March 2013
  13. Click here for Manchester Policy Blogs New Link added December 2013  

Please note also that NEW links to Channel 4 and BBC Radio 4 documentaries and Guardian articles on the Blair -Brown years have been  listed at the bottom of this page. You will need to register to watch Channel 4OD programmes but this is free and very straightforward

 

Teaching Notes

Introduction

AS Government and Politics: Introduction

The State : Power, Authority and Coercion

The Nature of Democracy

Citizen Participation in Representative Democracies

Trends in UK Political Participation [From Democratic Audit]

Detailed Guardian Poll on Reasons for not voting NEW December 2013

The Occupy Movement [External links]

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

 

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*

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 [NEW October 2015]  

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]

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   NEW December 2013

 

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

The Labour Party Leadership Election September 2015 NEW October 2015

The Prime Minister and the Cabinet 

The Prime Minister

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

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]

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[1] NEW here  December 2013 [Michael Cockerell: BBC First broadcast March 2011]

The Secret World of Whitehall [2 ]NEW here  December 2013 [Michael Cockerell: BBC First broadcast March 2011]

The Secret World of Whitehall [3] New here December 2013[Michael Cockerell: BBC  First Broadcast March 2011]

The following links to another 3 Part BBC Series by Michael Cockerell on The Great Offices of State provide detailed information on three specific government departments

The Dark Department [The Home Office] NEW here December 2013

The Palace of Dreams [The Foreign Office ] NEW here December 2013

The Secret Treasury [The Treasury]  NEW here December 2013

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

 

Parliament

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

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

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]