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My Revision Notes: Pearson Edexcel A Level UK Politics: Second Edition
Neil McNaughton, Nick de Souza
My Revision Notes: Pearson Edexcel A Level UK Politics: Second Edition
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Title Page
My revision planner
Key things to know about studying A-level Politics
1 Democracy and participation
What is democracy in general?
Direct democracy
Representative democracy
The similarities and differences between direct and representative democracy
Pluralism and democracy
An overall assessment of democracy in the UK
The franchise
Political participation
The nature of pressure groups
Differences between pressure groups and political parties
Pressure group methods
Pressure group influence
Pressure groups and democracy
Think tanks, lobbyists and corporations
The development of rights in the UK
How well are rights protected in the UK?
Conflicts between individual and collective rights
Pressure groups and rights
2 Political parties
Features of political parties
Functions of political parties
The funding of political parties
Left wing and right wing
The Conservative Party
The Labour Party
The Liberal Democratic Party
The ideas, policies and impact of other parties
The importance of other parties
The UK party system
Factors affecting party success
3 Electoral systems
First-past-the-post (plurality system)
The supplementary vote (majority system)
The additional member system (hybrid system)
The single transferable vote (proportional system)
Impact of electoral systems on voter choice
Electoral systems, types of government and party systems
First-past-the-post compared with other systems
Electoral reform
How referendums have been used in the UK
The impact of referendums in the UK
The case for and against referendums
4 Voting behaviour and the media
Social and demographic factors affecting voter behaviour
Non-social factors and voting behaviour
Party manifestos and election campaigns
Tactical voting
Turnout and electoral outcomes
Opinion polls
The role and impact of the media in elections
Case studies of three general elections
5 The constitution
What is a constitution?
The development of the UK Constitution
The nature and principles of the UK Constitution
How have the constitutional principles changed?
The sources of the UK Constitution
Constitutional reform, 1997–2010
Constitutional reform, 2010 to present
Debates on future constitutional reform
6 Parliament
The structure of the House of Commons
The structure of the House of Lords
The legislative process: House of Commons
The nature of parliamentary bills
Functions of the House of Commons
Functions of the House of Lords
Powers of the House of Commons
Powers of the House of Lords
Distinctions between the House of Commons and the House of Lords
The role and significance of the opposition
Ministerial questions and accountability
The effectiveness of Parliament
Parliamentary committees
The reform of Parliament
7 The prime minister and executive
The role of the executive
The structure of the executive
The prime minister
The cabinet
Ministers and their departments
Proposing legislation
Individual ministerial responsibility
Collective ministerial responsibility
The powers of the prime minister
The relationship between the prime minister and the cabinet
Is the prime minister effectively a president?
Prime ministerial profiles
8 Relations between branches
The role of the judiciary
The Supreme Court
Judicial neutrality
Judicial independence
The Supreme Court and the protection of rights
The influence of the Supreme Court on the executive and Parliament
Ultra vires and judicial review
The power of the Supreme Court
The influence and effectiveness of the UK Parliament
Executive dominance of the UK Parliament
The changing relationship between Parliament and the executive
The nature of the European Union
The political impact of the UK’s decision to leave the European Union
The constitutional impact of the UK leaving the European Union
The changing location of sovereignty in the UK
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