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The BBC Collection - Politics

'One of the penalties for refusing to participate in politics is that you end up being governed by your inferiors.' -- Plato. Interested in politics? Get listening to these great audiobooks by Lord Robert Skidelsky, Andrew Rawnsley, Nick Robinson and others.

 
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  • Europe's Choice (Radio 4 Documentary) Radio/TV Program by Allan Little Narrated by Allan Little

    Europe's Choice (Radio 4 Documentary)

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    Allan Little investigates key moments and issues that brought the EU to the current crisis. In this three-part series, he looks at the transformation of Europe following the fall of the Berlin Wall, probes the failure to enforce the rules of the Stability and Growth Pact and examines new resentments and divisions within the EU exposed by the crisis.

  • What the Minister Saw (BBC Radio 4) Radio/TV Program by Philip Mould Narrated by Philip Mould

    What the Minister Saw (BBC Radio 4)

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    Art historian Philip Mould discusses the art chosen by Government ministers in this BBC Radio 4 broadcast from 26 January 2011. Becoming a Minister has many perks, but one they can see every day is the art hanging in their office, often borrowed from the Government Art Collection. Art historian Philip Mould speaks to new ministers about what they chose and why they chose it, and he asks what it says about them.

  • Keynes Vs. Hayek Radio/TV Program by Robert Skidelsky, George Selgin, Duncan Weldon, Jamie Whyte Narrated by Paul Mason

    Keynes Vs. Hayek

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    What caused the financial mess we're in? And how do we get out of it? Two of the great economic thinkers of the 20th century had sharply contrasting views. John Maynard Keynes believed that government spending could create employment and longer-term growth. His contemporary and rival Friedrich Hayek believed that investments have to be based on real savings rather than increased public spending or artificially low interest rates. Keynes's biographer, Professor Lord Skidelsky, takes on modern-day followers of Hayek in a debate.

  • The Brown Years Radio/TV Program by Steve Richards Narrated by Steve Richards

    The Brown Years

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    Steve Richards tells the inside story of Gordon Brown's time as prime minister, based on revealing interviews with his close colleagues. Interviewees include former ministers Peter Mandelson, Ed Balls, Harriet Harman, Jack Straw, Douglas Alexander, Alan Johnson, Hazel Blears, Peter Hain, and Shriti Vadera; and several former Downing St insiders including those responsible for policy, political strategy, and polling. Producer: Martin Rosenbaum.

  • Beyond Westminster: Lessons Learnt from Coalitions Past (BBC Radio 4) Radio/TV Program by Andrew Rawnsley Narrated by  uncredited

    Beyond Westminster: Lessons Learnt from Coalitions Past (BBC Radio 4)

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    The special New Year's Day 2011 edition of BBC Radio 4's 'Beyond Westminster', in which Andrew Rawnsley considers the lessons of history for Britain's coalition government - and its opponents. Conservative and Liberal Democrat ministers are busily advancing their ambitious political and economic agenda - albeit amid parliamentary revolts and embarrassing comments to undercover reporters.

  • Nick Robinson's The Prime Ministers: The Complete Series 1 Radio/TV Program by Nick Robinson Narrated by Nick Robinson

    Nick Robinson's The Prime Ministers: The Complete Series 1

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    This series explores how prime ministers have used their power and responded to the great challenges of their time and how they made the job what it is today. Sir Robert Walpole, the first and longest-serving prime minister. Lord North, remembered as the prime minister who lost America. Sir Robert Peel, who put national interest before party. Lord Palmerston, who cultivated a cavalier image and dominated mid-Victorian politics.

  • Nick Robinson's The Prime Ministers: The Complete Series 2 Audiobook by Nick Robinson Narrated by Nick Robinson

    Nick Robinson's The Prime Ministers: The Complete Series 2

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    The BBC's Nick Robinson continues his fascinating and absorbing Radio 4 series featuring eight famous British Prime Ministers. This series explores how Prime Ministers have used their power and responded to the great challenges of their time. William Pitt the Younger, who became Prime Minister aged only 24 and held the post for almost 19 years in total. Earl Grey, who passed the Great Reform Act and abolished slavery in the British Empire.

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