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Cornwall Politics in the Age of Reform, 1790-1885 Edwin Jaggard

Cornwall Politics in the Age of Reform, 1790-1885

Edwin Jaggard

Published December 23rd 1999
ISBN : 9780861932436
Hardcover
250 pages
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This detailed case-study offers a penetrating analysis of the changing political culture in Cornwall up to and after the introduction of the 1832 electoral system. It spans a century in which the countys parliamentary over-representation andMoreThis detailed case-study offers a penetrating analysis of the changing political culture in Cornwall up to and after the introduction of the 1832 electoral system. It spans a century in which the countys parliamentary over-representation and notorious political corruption was replaced by a politicised electorate for whom issues and principles were usually paramount. Several models of electoral behaviour are tested- in particular, the continuous political activism of Cornwalls farmers stands out. Despite remnants of the unreformed electoral system lingering into the mid-Victorian era, Cornwall developed a powerful Liberal tradition, built upon distinctive patterns of non-conformity- the Conservatives, split by dissension, saw their pre-reform ascendancy disappear. Professor EDWIN JAGGARD lectures in history at Edith Cowan University, Perth, Western Australia.