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AS UK Updates 2014

Every one of these topical Updates addresses a popular examination topic. Thorough & detailed topic resources, fully up to date. Key questions throughout challenge students to consider their opinions.

  • Fully up-to-date information for your best students
  • Weaker students benefit from a breakdown of specific exam topics
  • Recap questions and things to think about boxes engage students with the topic
  • Essay-writing advice specific for each topic

Is the Prime Minister Too Powerful? 5th Edition

Detailed examination of the effects of coalition government on the power of the PM, with more on Cameron, including foreign affairs (EU, Syria), effect of fixed-term parliaments, and backbench rebellion on the EU

"Coalition government will now form a central part of any assessment of prime ministerial power."

The Effect of the EU on UK Politics 3rd Edition

Still a problem for the Conservatives, and facing challenges itself, the EU is central to many areas of UK politics. This update includes analysis of May 2014 elections, the ongoing eurozone crisis, and a new case study on the possible EU referendum.

"The EU is under major pressure, facing major challenges."

The Reform of Parliament 4th Edition

A summary of recent reforms; new sections include fixed-term parliaments, boundary reform, and the Coalition's sometimes calamitous attempts at reform, from AV to constitutional reform and Clegg's proposed changes to the Lords.

"Reform of the Commons and Lords has become piecemeal and messy... "

UK Judiciary: Independent and Neutral? 1st Edition

A new title in the series, taking elements of the old Supreme Court Update to cover independence and neutrality of the judiciary more fully. Peppered with illuminating case studies from Belmarsh to Butler-Sloss.

"Can a white, male, public-school judiciary be neutral? Is the Supreme Court really much more independent?"

UK Elections: Time for a Change? 4th Edition

The success of smaller parties under FPTP; 'what ifs' of other voting systems; analysis of the May 2014 European and council elections!

"The rise of the SNP and UKIP have caused the most significant changes in this debate since the AV referendum."

UK Political Parties: Are they good for democracy? 5th Edition

Detailed examination of the effects of coalition government on the power of the PM, with more on Cameron, including foreign affairs (EU, Syria), effect of fixed-term parliaments, and backbench rebellion on the EU

"Coalition government changed the traditional party balance."


What do teachers have to say about this resource? (5779)
'I like this resource! I think it is one of the best ones I have seen in this update series... The excellent case studies of the 3 most recent Prime Ministers are very detailed and informative, especially on Tony Blair. I also think that it is important to focus on Gordon Brown and his ultimately failed Premiership (alongside the opposites to the Blair Premiership) but (one could say) some similarities with the Cameron Premiership i.e. strength of support and lack of ‘Presidential Power’.The resource is well detailed and explained by the Author and I believe compliments textbooks well, in some cases going one step further especially given Cameron’s 1st Ministry (2010-2015) was in a system which is alien to the modern Political Generation. The exam focus is the best that I have seen in this series of resources and is very detailed. The ‘Bringing it together’ section is very important and this is well detailed – an excellent overview of the situationThe constraints section is excellent – very well detailed and explained with great examples. The ‘powers’ section is very good clearing up which are the formal and informal powers of a Prime Minister... The exam focus is well written in order to cater towards the three specifications... This resource is a very timely update given the different natures of the Blair, Brown and Cameron Premierships and give students great case studies to use and implement where needed.'– D Taborda, Student Progress Leader & Independent Reviewer
What do teachers have to say about this resource? (5782)
'This is a good overview of the UK’s membership of the EU and its effect on the UK and it Politics. It deals effectively with the EU and its interwoven (and arguably increasingly interfering) relationship with the UK... The Growth chart for the EU is very good giving students a sense of the expansion that has taken place over time... ‘The Part played by the UK’ is good and gives a good oversight on Britain’s often fraught and testing relationship with the EU... A good overview of the differences between the EU President and the European Commission... It is always difficult for Politics Teachers to come up with many different ways of implementing the knowledge needed into a variety of different activities. Whilst the resource is an ‘update’ resource, teachers can choose to interpret the information as they wish and they can easily choose to do use the information as they wish. This can be used alongside textbooks or as a revision guide for students nearer the time in tandem with varying resources to help with exam practice... European Election data can be used with our Unit 1 Specification (Elections) along with how to elect MEPs, the relationship between the UK Supreme Court (Judiciary) and the European Parliament along with Sovereignty. This could also be used within a Democratic Deficit question in terms of its relationship with the UK and perhaps the lack of powers and say that the British Public have over the involvement of the EU.'– D Taborda, Student Progress Leader & Independent Reviewer
'The comprehensive up to date nature of the resource is very well written.'– S Sharpe-Foster, Head of Politics & Independent Reviewer
What do teachers have to say about this resource? (5780)
'For such a difficult topic to grasp, the update is a welcome addition to any collection of resources on Reform of Parliament as it is an important and current topic in UK Politics. Students and Teachers will be able to access the extensive and well-informed information from the author... I like the chronological nature of the resource, going through the different attempts at Parliamentary reform. I also like the good but succinct explanation of why Parliamentary reform failed (so far) under the Coalition. A good overview of this area. The overview of the reform of the House of Lords is very good and very well explained (including the context information to help understand the current make-up and status of the House of Lords. The arguments for and against Parliament needing reform are well informed and detailed and provide a good basis for an essay for Teachers... This resource would lend itself well to essay skills not because there are any activities as such but because there is a lot of information here that could be used in essays and exam answers and therefore students should be able to research arguments with some ease. This is also a good overview for revision given its overview of all of the varying attempts (successful and failures) to reform Parliament. Therefore, the education value of the resource is very good and the students’ practical skills and knowledge retention are catered for very well... This resource perfectly matches the specification for Unit 2. Nothing has been left out or unnecessarily included and the key areas of the specification such as the Human Rights Act, reforms of the Judiciary, representative nature of the Judiciary are all included.'– D Taborda, Politics Teacher & Independent Reviewer
What do teachers have to say about this resource? (5781)
As is the case with this author, he has produced a resource which is both informative and very relevant to the students’ studies. It is an important and necessary update given the difficult nature of this topic for the students to understand. Overall, I think the author has pitched the key points well and for both Teachers and Students this will be a very useful and worthwhile resource - D Taboarda, Teacher and Independent Reviewer


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