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The Fall of the Hustings and the Rise of the Platform

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/9780199550128.003.0003
The Fall of the Hustings and the Rise of the Platform

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This chapter discusses the fall of the hustings and the rise of the platform after 1867. The first section notes the passing of Disreali's Second Reform Act, and the 1872 Act's abolishment of the ancient system of public nomination at the hustings. The second section documents the rise of the election meeting, the most important arena of untamed popular participation in politics. The third section describes the culture of election meetings. It notes that the primary purpose of an election meeting was to bring the candidate directly to the people. The last section examines the restructuring of electoral politics from 1883 to 1885. British electoral politics was transformed by measures passed by Gladstone's second ministry: the Corrupt and Illegal Practices Prevention Act (1883), the Third Reform Act (1884), and the Redistribution Act (1885).

Keywords: Second Reform Act; 1872; election meeting; electoral politics; Gladstone; Third Reform Act; Redistribution Act

Chapter.  10305 words. 

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

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