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School of Politics and International Relations

POL253 Accountability and Complexity in British Government

(POL253B – Spring)

Level: 5

Credits: 15 credits

Semester: B

Contact: TBC

Overlap: None

Prerequisite: None

Compulsory for: Semi-compulsory for L202, L20Y

Associate Availability: Full Year and Spring only


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%)