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Electoral Politics and Political Culture

Suggested Reading

  • F O'Gorman, 'Campaign Rituals and Ceremonies: The Social Meaning of Elections', Past and Present 1992
  • J A Phillips, 'The Many Faces of Reform: the electorate and the Great Reform Act', Parliamentary History 1982
  • James Epstein, ‘Understanding the Cap of Liberty: Symbolic practice and social conflict in early 19th century England’, Past and Present, 1989
  • Poll Books Online

See also

  • D Beales, ‘The Electorate Before and After 1832’, Parliamentary History, 1992 and F O’Gorman, ‘The Electorate Before and After 1832: A Reply’, Parliamentary History, 1993

  • J Belchem, ‘Republicanism, popular constitutionalism and the radical platform in early nineteenth century England’, Social History, 1981

  • J Belchem, ‘Orator’ Hunt: Henry Hunt and English working-class radicalism

  • M Brock, The Great Reform Act

  • J Cannon, Parliamentary Reform

  • Nancy Lopatin, Political Unions, Popular Politics and the Great Reform Act of 1832

  • Rohan McWilliam, Popular Politics in nineteenth century England

  • P Salmon, Electoral Reform at Work: Local Politics and National Parties, 1832-1841

  • E A Smith, Reform or Revolution?

  • James Vernon, Politics and the People


  • How vibrant was the eighteenth-century electorate?
  • Who could vote? How 'democratic' was Britian in this period?
  • Why did reform of the electorate take so long?
  • Did 1832 change anything?

Hogarth, Soliciting Votes (Web Gallery of Art)