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About this Course
About the Course
In this course, Dr Andrew Blick explores and analyses key developments in UK Government and Politics throughout 2022 and the first month of 2023. In the first module, Dr Blick tackles the eventful year of three Prime Ministers and what this can tell us about Prime Ministerial power in the UK, before in the second module turning to the subject of standards, integrity and accountability, particularly as this relates to government ministers. In the third module, we explore some of the key recent developments in the debate over Scottish independence, before in the fourth module turning to the reignited debate over the House of Lords, and current Labour Party plans for reform. In the fifth module, we turn to the subject of industrial action and disruption in UK politics, before in the sixth module exploring the continuing political and diplomatic controversy over the impact of Brexit on Northern Ireland. In the seventh module, we outline the continuing uncertainty surrounding the controversial Retained EU Law (Revocation and Reform) Bill, before finally, in the eighth lecture, rounding off with some comments on how the Labour Party under Keir Starmer adapted to “post-Brexit” politics in 2022. This course may be particularly useful for those looking to brush up on their knowledge of recent events in UK Government and Politics, as well as those looking for relevant and recent examples to use in exam essays.
About the Lecturer
Professor Andrew Blick has extensive experience working for think tanks in the UK Parliament and as an administrative assistant at No.10 Downing Street. He has advised democratic reform groups working in countries including Iran, Pakistan, Turkey and Ukraine; and the International Institute for Democracy and Electoral Assistance in Stockholm. From 2010-15 he was research fellow to the first ever parliamentary inquiry into the possibility of introducing a written constitution for the UK, carried out by the House of Commons Political and Constitutional Reform Committee. In 2021 he began participation in an AHRC-funded project assessing the history of democracy from ancient times to the contemporary era, through considering written primary sources. He recently published ‘Electrified Democracy: the Internet and the United Kingdom Parliament in history’.