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John Bull at the Hustings: Electoral Politics from the Ancien Regime to the Second Reform Act

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/9780199550128.003.0002
John Bull at the Hustings: Electoral Politics from the Ancien Regime to the Second Reform Act

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This chapter situates John Bull at the Hustings, and examines electoral politics from the Ancien Regime to the Second Reform Act. The first section describes the theatre of the hustings, looking at the public rituals and the role of the crowd. The second section looks closely at the methods of electioneering before the Reform Act of 1832. The election of 1831 intensified the politics of opinion, and gave a sharper national dimension to the division between opponents and supporters of political and constitutional change. The third section notes the impact of reform, though many rituals remained part of a political culture in which politicians had to woo voters through both words and deeds. The fourth section documents the rise of the platform with the developments in mass communications, print, and transport.

Keywords: Reform Act; election; 1832; platform; public rituals; reform

Chapter.  10826 words. 

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

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