PLEASE NOTE this is a 2013 reading list—the precise content may change in future years.
Term 1, Week 3
CONCEPTUAL AND METHODOLOGICAL ISSUES
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What are the key methodological challenges in studying British politics?
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What role do structure and agency play in understanding British Politics?
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What are the key issues in British politics?
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What should we be looking at if we want to understand what happens in British politics?
Core reading
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Burnham, P, Lutz, K G, Grant, W and Layton-Henry, Z (2008) Research Methods in Politics
(2nd ed), Chs.1, 2 and 8
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Goodwin, B (2007) Using Political Ideas (5th ed), Ch.13
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Hall, P (1987) Governing the Economy, Ch.1
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Hay, C (1995) Structure and Agency’ in D Marsh and G Stoker Theory and Methods in
Political Science
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Hay, C (2002) Political Analysis: A Critical Introduction
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Hay, C (2009) ‘King Canute and the ‘Problem’ of Structure and Agency: On Times, Tides and
Heresthetics’ Political Studies 57:2
Further reading
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Campbell, J (2002) ‘Ideas, Politics and Public Policy’ Annual Review of Sociology 28
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Frey, F (1985) ‘The Problem of Actor Designation in Political Analysis’ Comparative Politics
17:2
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Gamble, A (1990) 'Theories of British Politics' Political Studies 38
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Kettell, S and Kerr, P (2006) 'In Defence of British Politics: The Past, Present and Future of
the Discipline' British Politics 1:1
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Marsh, D (2008) 'Understanding British Government: Analysing Competing Models' British
Journal of Politics and International Relations 10:2
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Hall, P A and Taylor, C R (1998) 'The Potential of Historical Institutionalism: A Response to
Hay and Wincott' Political Studies, 46:3
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Hay, C and Wincott, D (1998) 'Structure, Agency and Historical Institutionalism' Political
Studies 46:5
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Marsh, D and Stoker, G (eds) (2010) Theory and Methods in Political Science
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McAnulla, S (2006) British Politics: A Critical Introduction
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Term 1, Week 3