Preface and acknowledgements
in Understanding political ideas and movements

Preface and acknowledgements

The contents of this book, and its general structure, have been very largely governed by the aim of fulfilling the various examining board syllabuses for GCE Government and Politics A2 level. It is particularly relevant to OCR (Module 7), ‘UK Politics and Modern Political Ideas: Theory and Practice’; EDEXCEL Route B (Units 4, 5 and 6), ‘Political Ideologies’; AQA (Module 7), ‘Ideas in Contemporary British Politics’; and AQA (Module 8), ‘Government and Politics – Synoptic Module’.

The book should also be relevant to a broad range of Open College Network Level Three Access courses in Political Ideas, Political Studies or Modern Political Movements, and introductory undergraduate courses in Politics.

We hope that people not studying for examinations will find this book of use in helping them understand the political world and the assumptions that shape the clatter and chatter of those who presume to govern us.

We must gratefully acknowledge those who have made a contribution to this book: Erik Olive for his cynical and amusing comments on a number of chapters and Angela Dale, who took on the daunting task of correcting grammar and spelling and untangling the meaning of the more complicated sentences. Our heartfelt thanks to them both. Our sincere thanks to family, friends and colleagues for tolerating us in normal times and even more so as the book moved towards its completion.

Finally, we would like to dedicate this book to Tony Ivers, our late friend and colleague, who is much missed.

Kevin Harrison
Tony Boyd


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Understanding political ideas and movements

A guide for A2 politics students


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