Philip Tether has taught government and politics for over thirty years at a number of higher education institutions in the UK. During this time he has taught a wide variety of students and supervised many Masters dissertations and PhD theses. He has set and marked government and politics papers for a variety of examination boards. He has published extensively on a variety of political topics with particular emphasis on the politics of health including alcohol and HIV-AIDS and his current research interest is the business – government relationship. Philip Tether enjoys the theatre, cinema and walking the dogs. You will sometimes find him in the garden.
You have published a number of books on aspects of politics through Smashwords and other platforms - are these all part of a series?
Yes. They are free-standing but link together to present a multi-layered analysis of the ideas, structures, people and processes which go to shape the world of politics. The focus is largely but not exclusively on the UK. Where appropriate, examples and illustrations are drawn from around the world including the USA and Europe. The material is designed to be accessible to students at all levels from beginners to university students. ‘Aims,’ ‘Contents’ and ‘Learning Outcomes’ are specified at the start of every text and each concludes with an overview summary and a set of review questions for independent learning.
How many are in the series?
Six have been published so far on Smashwords and many linked platforms. They are: 1. The Purpose of Politics (what is politics and what function does it serve?). 2. Political Systems (to do politics we need a variety of structures and processes - what are they and how do they work?). 3. Popular Democracy (what is democracy, what are its guiding principles and how does it function?). 4. Liberal Democracy (what is liberal-democracy, what does this two-part term mean and how are the two words related?). 5. Political Ideology and the Liberal Centre (what is political ideology, how can we characterise and catalogue it and why is liberalism the core ideology of the modern world?). 6. Political Ideology: Politics on the Right (what does right-wing mean, what distinguishes right-wing from left-wing ideologies, and what ideologies do we find on the Right?). More are planned on left-wing ideology, the European Union (EU) and global governance.
This book continues the exploration of the ideological spectrum with a detailed analysis of the right wing of politics. This will involve examining the ideology of the British Conservative Party in some detail, Christian democracy (a type of conservatism found in Western Europe) and finally, ideologies on the radical-right including fascism. Concluding with a summary of the material covered.
This book explores the nature of political ideology. What is it, why is it important, how can we categorise it? The text - designed for students and the general reader - addresses these questions. It then offers a detailed examination of liberalism identified as the key ideology of the modern world. The book provides a clear set of Learning Outcomes and Review Questions to test understanding.
Liberal democracy is a term we use all the time. What do we mean by it? What do the two words imply and how do they relate to each other? This introductory and accessible text on the complex nature of liberal democracy is designed for students and the general reader. Clear learning outcomes are provided and the text concludes with a set of review questions designed to test understanding
This book examines popular democracy - its origins and the key central notion; the sovereignty of the people. It is designed for students and the general reader. Different interpreations of democracy are identified and discussed. The role of electoral systems is examined at length. The opens with Aims and Learning Outcomes and concludes with a set of Review Questions to test understanding.
This book examines the nature and function of politics - what it is, who does it, how and why? What is special about the activity of politics? The concept is defined and then systematically analysed. The text is designed for students and the general reader alike. Clear learning outcomes are provided and the book concludes with a set of review questions to test understanding of the material.
This book examines political systems. Political systems are the structures and processes which channel, direct and enable the decision-making activities which are the hall-mark of politics. The text is designed for students and the general reader. It opens with a clear set of Aims and Learning Outcomes and concludes with a summary and a set of Review Questions to test understanding