This section outlines the structure and functions of the British government and administrative system. This structure features a wide variety of institutions and actors all involved in the administration and policy making process.
Each page gives a basic introduction to a particular structure or institution and provides links to various useful resources, such as government department websites, think tanks and related organizations.
Before getting started you may want to do this short and very basic quiz. This aim of this quiz is simply to flag-up the key areas and probably remind you of what you may already know. Please do not take its low level to be a reflection of the level of work at university!
- The British constitution.
- Parliament and law making.
- Cabinet and ministers.
- Civil service and government departments.
- Local government.
- Elections and political parties.
- The European Union.