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Introduction

Jon Lawrence

in Electing Our Masters

Published in print March 2009 | ISBN: 9780199550128
Published online September 2011 | e-ISBN: 9780191701528 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199550128.003.0001
Introduction

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This book seeks to answer three fundamental questions about British politics. First, has the ‘spirit of the hustings’, where rival candidates came face-to-face with an often irreverent public, been a defining and enduring feature of the British way of voting? Second, how has Britain's long and sometimes turbulent history of electioneering shaped the political system known today both for good and for ill? Third, is there still a place for the ‘spirit of the hustings’ in modern, mediated politics, and in particular, can the broadcast media be expected to sustain a public sphere within which politicians and public continue to meet on more or less equal terms? Therefore, it aims to present a history of the changing dynamics of political interaction in modern Britain since the late 18th century.

Keywords: Britain; electioneering; politics; hustings; voting; politicians

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Subjects: Modern History (1700 to 1945) ; Political History

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