This major new textbook will equip students with a complete understanding of contemporary politics, state and society in the United Kingdom today. Key underlying themes include: The differences between traditional and alternative ‘sites of power’ and what we mean by ‘political’ the relationships between politics, society and how individuals become and remain engaged with politics the rapid transformations in contemporary social structures and their impact on social and political life the role of human agency and its significance to social and political action and movements contemporary cultural and social dislocations and their impact on some of the major contested areas of political life today. Key features include: Key concepts and issues Key theorists and writers Discussion questions Comprehensive and accessible, An Introduction to Politics, State & Society is an essential text for all undergraduate students of politics, the contemporary state, power and political sociology.

Legitimacy and Power in the United Kingdom

Legitimacy and power in the United Kingdom

Key Concepts and Issues

  • The end of political consensus
  • Legitimacy and the state
  • Fordism and post-Fordism
  • Nationalism and the state
  • Nationalisms within the United Kingdom
  • Race, ethnicity and politics

Key Theorists and Writers

  • Benidict Anderson
  • Andrew Gamble
  • Ernest Gellner
  • Antonio Gramsci
  • Jürgen Habermas
  • Stuart Hall
  • Eric Hobsbawn
  • Bob Jessop
  • Tom Nairn
  • Claus Offe

In the historical shift to the modern world, political identity, institutionally secured order and legitimacy came to revolve around nationhood, statehood and citizenship … pragmatically, a modern polity came to be a state within whose boundaries a nation of citizens lived, hence nation-statehood. (Preston, 1997: 10–11)

The starting point for much of this chapter is the debate surrounding the construction of, and later challenges to, a ‘postwar consensus’ of politics. It will then explore some central issues surrounding ...

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