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Political Culture in Contemporary Britain: People and Politicians, Principles and Practice

William L. Miller, Annis May Timpson, and Michael Lessnoff


This book examines what the British people and their politicians really think about the fundamentals of politics. Based on new and revealing survey data, it presents an analysis of British attitudes to civil, political, and social rights. The book uncovers two broad ‘macro-dimensions’ of political principle — liberty and equality — which underlie a large number of more specific principles and shape people’s responses to many practical issues. Controversially, it claims that commitments to liberty and equality tend to run together — only the least educated treat them as alternatives; left-winge ... More

Keywords: fundamentals of politics, civil rights, political rights, social rights, liberty, equality, social background, personal experience

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 1996 Print ISBN-13: 9780198279846
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: October 2011 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198279846.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

William L. Miller, author
University of Glasgow
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Annis May Timpson, author
University of Sussex

Michael Lessnoff, author
University of Glasgow