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Democracy Rampant

Anthony King

in The British Constitution

Published in print September 2009 | ISBN: 9780199576982
Published online October 2011 | e-ISBN: 9780191702235 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199576982.003.0010
Democracy Rampant

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This chapter describes democracy as a novel feature in Britain that grafted on to pre-existing constitutional structure. Democracy in Britain was in the form of universal suffrage that was accepted as an uninteresting matter of political practice long before any enthusiasm developed for democracy as a set of political ideals that was worthy to be promoted for its own sake. It was not until 1960 that the attitude of the citizens and the government began to change and they started to view democracy as a challenging and a good structure.

Keywords: democracy; Britain; universal suffrage; political practice; political ideals

Chapter.  13074 words. 

Subjects: UK Politics

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