Welcome to The A Level Politics Show, where amazing things happen. We will go through as many political topics as possible to give you as much help as we can with your A Level Politics revision. We will focus on UK politics and US politics, and also look at political ideologies, including liberalism, socialism, conservatism and feminism. While this show is geared towards A Level Politics students, we hope to appeal to anyone who is interested in current affairs, and who would like to find out more about how politics actually works. We hope you enjoy the show!
The Conservative Party
It has been two years since we covered the Tories and a lot has happened since then. Boris Johnson has steered it towards a more One Nation approach on economic policy, but in a more New Right direction on a number of other matters. The global pandemic has also affected the party’s approach towards state intervention, in both economic affairs and on service provision. In this episode, we discuss whether these polices represent a permanent change, aided and abetted by Tories representing former Labour strongholds, or if they merely provide ballast for winning general elections. Enjoy the show, and if you like it then please say so by reviewing it on Apple podcasts or wherever you do your listening. Oh, and have I told you about my book? Available on all good bookstores and on Amazon. Click here to buy: https://www.amazon.co.uk/dp/1398325538/ref=cm_sw_r_cp_api_glt_fabc_XTRZ5R5DWNHT2XFD7V7M
Participation in the UK: Crisis? What crisis?
Matthew and Nick discuss voting, political party membership, pressure group activity and online activism. We absolutely do our best not to plug Nick’s book, or to point out that it is available on Amazon and in all good bookshops.
UK Democracy - is it in deficit?
Welcome back to The A Level Politics Show! To kickstart this glorious fourth season, Matthew Phillips and I debate the health of UK democracy. We cover electoral practices, parliamentary representation, the protection of rights and participation, and yes, he helps me to plug my book. In all good bookshops now and under a tenner on Amazon. So good to have you back with us, dear listener!
In this, the last episode of series 3, we focus on the similarities and differences between the UK Conservative Party and US Republican Party. Both of these parties share similar feelings about welfare and the economy, but operate in different political cultures, allowing the GOP greater ideological purity and forcing the Tories to act more pragmatically. If you like the show, then buy the book - out on August 27th. https://www.amazon.co.uk/My-Revision-Notes-Pearson-Politics/dp/1398325538/ref=mp_s_a_1_1?dchild=1&keywords=nick+de+souza&qid=1626859038&sprefix=nick+de+souza&sr=8-1 Thanks for your support of the show in these difficult times; See you all again in September!
Comparative: The Supreme Courts of the UK and USA
In this episode, we compare the power and status of the highest courts in both countries. On the surface, both courts appear relatively similar. They both enjoy the power of judicial review and are entirely separate from other branches of government. Yet the different constitutional arrangements in the US allows its Supreme Court far more extensive influence. That said, the appointment process in the UK is far less politicised, perhaps inhibiting the ability of politicians to shape it how they see fit. So yes, the US Supreme Court is more powerful overall, but UK Supreme Court is starting to find its feet. If you like this show, perhaps you’ll like my new revision book. Pre-order it now: www.amazon.co.uk/dp/1398325538/ref=cm_sw_r_cp_api_glt_fabc_BYFD19W27DH384S0S677
While public bill committees lack the tools for genuine scrutiny of legislation, select committees do a pretty decent job of holding government to account. Perhaps it is time merge the functions of parliamentary committees so that ordinary backbenchers could have a genuinely important role in shaping the laws of the country. What do you think? Let me know by getting in touch on Twitter (@nickdesouza). If you like the show, why not pre-order my UK politics revision book. https://www.amazon.co.uk/dp/1398325538/ref=cm_sw_r_cp_api_glt_fabc_FQ5PXFE1WJMJ8FXQMNJ3
These podcasts are quick and easy to listen to. They help by including how to answer questions on the subject and give important tips on how to gain more marks. Their depth of knowledge is clear, but they help put complex ideas and examples into smaller, more manageable terms. Super useful for my A-Level revision! Thank you :)
A gift to any A-Level politics student
Covering tens of topics in detail as well as a precise guide on how to answer the many types of questions you will face in the course, the A Level politics show has been a welcome companionship whilst I’ve studied politics.
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