This text is aimed at students and clearly and simply explains the working of the British political system. Written by those close to the political process, it provides an authoritative and manageable guide to understanding all the key elements of government and politics in Britain. It begins by placing British politics in context and then explores those areas which feature on British politics courses. Benefits to students include an exploration of the key areas, including the constitution, elections, parties, pressure groups and lobbying, media, parliament, Whitehall, the Prime Minster and ministers, the EU, devolution, and the future of British politics. Government documents give insights into actual political processes, as well as figures, cartoons and tables which illustrate and summarize information and statistics in an accessible way. The appendices provide useful information such as a glossary of terms, a chronology of events, a digest of facts, and a guide to politics on the Internet.