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Sunday, 18 March 2012

An interactive thread...


I've had some comments / reviews re: links people want to see on here.  Perhaps people could use the comments section for this thread to suggest good resources that everyone could use, point out links I promised in the book that you can't find (!!) and ask questions that I (or other readers) might be able to help with.

I'll keep my eye on this - please get in touch!


  1. This is one of my pupil's blogs: http://manusthoughts.blogspot.co.uk/
    it would be very useful to visitors....

  2. Thanks - I shall include it. (Some very good work by your student there - although I think I might post a few comments!)

  3. And another three...




  4. Thanks - will have a look tomorrow.

  5. There is now a link at the top to "reader-recommended resources". I'm sure most will also appear under the main section headings.

  6. In the book it says:

    Follow the link to the video: What do you make of Andrew Neil’s argument?

    (There's no link)

    is it the clip Posh and Posher documentary?


    1. By the way, I keep updating links where possible (e.g. a better version of one of the globalisation links is up there now)

  7. Hi Chris - yes it was the Posh and Posher documentary; there was a full-length version of the documentary online but it was taken down. If you want to show it to students it does exist in a number of sections across Youtube and other websites - doesn't lend itself to a link. There are a few key scenes on the BBC website.

  8. Why are there so many exclamation marks in your book?!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  9. Hi Duncan, I was wondering: the GOV4B specification, subsection The Environment, mentions 'Political Agenda – the five stages'. What is this – is it the process by which problems come to the attention of governments and how policy is subsequently made (as established in Howlett and Ramesh, (2003))? i.e. Agenda setting; policy formulation; policy adoption; policy implementation; and policy evaluation. Or something entirely different??

    Any help would be much appreciated!

  10. Hi Robin - thanks for you message. Sorry I've only just seen it. I perhaps need to add something about this in a future edition. It refers to Anthony Downs' "Issue Attention Cycle" which suggests that issues move through five stages as far as public interest is concerned. Generally the idea is initially there is a "pre-problem stage" (people unaware of the problem; then the media and public start to talk about the problem and it leads to considerable interest; next, there is intense interest in solving the problem; then there are attempts to solve the problem including pricing it up. Then interest wanes when people realise the cost!

  11. Could I ask one final question before tomorrow? I've read your book, the Edexcel book on ideologies, Heywood's political ideologies, and Woodley's political ideologies, as well as the mark schemes for past papers, but in terms of how environmentalism and ecologism work together, they all appear to give contradictory arguments.

    Is environmentalism and ecologism fully distinct from one another? Or is environmentalism equal to shallow ecology, which is also equal to light green thinking, by dint of anthropocentrism etc; while deep ecology (which is equal to dark green thinking) is something else entirely? Or is environmentalism used variously as an umbrella term to cover everything else?

    I just can't get it straight in my head!

  12. Hi sorry only just seen this! Fortunately was not too crucial to exam question. These terms are rarely entirely exclusive, it sounds like you had a good understanding of the various green traditions! How did it go?