Understanding AS-Level Government and Politics

Second edition

By Moyra Grant

Understanding AS-Level Government and Politics

Book Information

  • Format: Paperback
  • ISBN: 978-0-7190-8654-0
  • Pages: 224
  • Publisher: Manchester University Press
  • Price: £15.99
  • Published Date: November 2012
  • BIC Category: Politics, Politics & government, POLITICAL SCIENCE / General, Society & social sciences / Politics & government
  • Series: Understanding Politics


This is a clearly written, comprehensive and topical textbook on UK government and politics for AS and A Level students. It is suitable for the A Level Edexcel, OCR and AQA exam boards. The content of the book is structured according to the boards' specifications. It covers: political power, participation and democracy; the UK constitution; elections and referenda; MPs, parties and pressure groups; Parliament and government; the courts, judges and civil liberties; local government and devolution; and the European Union. All key terms and concepts are highlighted and succinctly defined. The book has an accessible style and very user-friendly format. It includes sample exam questions with answers, and fun quizzes with answers, plus features such as 'Talking Point' and 'Analyse This' to encourage class discussion and exploration of core topics. Each chapter begins with a summary of contents and ends with sample exam questions and useful websites.


Moyra Grant is a senior A-Level Government and Politics teacher, examiner and author of several textbooks


1 Political Power and Participation
2 The UK Constitution
3 Electoral Systems and Referenda
4 Political Parties and MPs
5 Public Opinion and Pressure Groups
6 Parliament
7 Executive
8 Rights and Liberties
9 Local Government and Devolution
10 The European Union

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