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In Celtic Politics, Kurt Jefferson fills in an important gap in academic treatments of politics in what some have called, "the Celtic fringe."...Those lucky enough to teach more specialized courses (e.g., British Politics, Regional Politics, etc.) should place this book on their review lists...All readers will enjoy the vignettes that Jefferson places throughout the chapters, which provide details about fascinating subjects and will spur contemplation of (and class discussions about) the political importance of key historical and cultural dynamics and events. British Politics Group Newsletter Jefferson does justice to the separate histories of each 'nation' while providing a coherent theme for students. As a teaching tool for North American students this is an excellent and detailed introduction to the topic of Celtic politics, with much to interest the general reader as well. North American Journal of Welsh Studies
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Kurt W. Jefferson is director of the Center for Engaging the World and professor and chair of the department of political science at Westminster College in Fulton, Missouri. He received his Ph.D. from the University of Missouri-Columbia in 1993. Jefferson served as a visiting professor of global business and politics at ICN Graduate Business School in Nancy, France. He is the author of Christianity's Impact on World Politics (2002) and numerous scholarly articles. His commentaries and analyses have appeared in such publications as La Vanguardia Dossier (Barcelona) and The Christian Science Monitor (Boston).
Part 1 Preface Chapter 2 Introduction: Celtic Politics as a Unit of Study Chapter 3 History of the Celtic Fringe Chapter 4 The Rise of Home Rule and Independence on the Celtic Fringe Chapter 5 Party Politics in Scotland, Ireland, Wales, and Northern Ireland Chapter 6 Celtic Institutions: Legislative and Executive Politics Chapter 7 Political Culture, Economics, and Culture in Celtic Life Chapter 8 Lessons, Hopes, and Concerns: The Breakup of Britain and the Advance of Celtic Nations in Europe? Chapter 9 Bibliography Chapter 10 Glossary Chapter 11 Index