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POL253 Accountability and Complexity in British Government

POL253 (POL253B - Spring) Accountability and Complexity in British Government module at Queen Mary University of London School of Politics and International Relations

(POL253B – Spring)

Level: 5

Credits: 15 credits

Semester: B

Contact: Dr James Strong

Overlap: None

Prerequisite: None

Compulsory for: Semi-compulsory for L202, L20Y

Description:
This module offers students deeper conceptual insights into the fundamental structures underpinning contemporary British government. It explores the accountability mechanisms that supposedly keep the individuals and institutions that hold political power in Britain linked to their subjects. It also considers the limitations all British governments must work with, especially those imposed by the complexity of the environment they inhabit. In particular, it explores how global capital flows, new technologies, transnational pressures including climate change and terrorism, and domestic divisions make effective government difficult.

Assessment: 1 x 2500 word essay (40%) and 2 hour Exam (60%)

 

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