England: Social Change, Historical Accident, and Democracy

Ross McKibbin

in Parties and People

Published in print March 2010 | ISBN: 9780199584697
Published online October 2011 | e-ISBN: 9780191702402 | DOI:
England: Social Change, Historical Accident, and Democracy

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This chapter brings together the argument, and particularly its three principal themes, all interrelated: the relationship between structure and contingency, that is, the extent to which party politics was determined by fundamental social changes on the one hand, and by contingency, historical accident, on the other; the sociology of the English electorate — why people voted as they did; and the relationship between these two and the kind of democracy which had emerged in England by 1951.

Keywords: British politics; elections; English electorate; party politics; democracy

Chapter.  9211 words. 

Subjects: Modern History (1700 to 1945)

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