The Occupational Composition of the Council

  • G. W. Jones


THE occupational as well as the political composition of the Council changed during this period, and these two developments were closely connected. The pattern of occupational change is depicted in Tables X–XII. Table X presents the occupational composition of the Council at seven dates in the period 1888– 1963; Table XI shows the occupational composition of the new entrants to the Council for the years between the dates of those Councils selected for particular analysis, while Table XII shows the occupational break-down of all members of the Council over roughly decennial periods. This triple approach provides snapshots of individual Councils over the period, the changing composition of the new recruits to the Council, and a wider view of the types of people who composed the Council during each decade of the period. Table XIII then analyses the party affiliations of the occupational groups for the new entrants to the Council over three periods, and Table XIV does the same for two specific Councils, 1903–4 and 1962–3.


Trade Union Occupational Group Council Work Labour Party Liberal Party 
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  1. For the economic background see G. C. Allen, The Industrial Development of Birmingham and the Black Country 1860–1927, London, 1929.Google Scholar
  2. A similar phenomenon was noted in Glossop. See A. H. Birch, Small Town Politics, London, 1959, and in Banbury see M. Stacey, Tradition and Change — A Study of Banbury, London, 1960.Google Scholar
  3. H. G. Wells, The New Machiavelli, 1911 (Penguin edition, 1946), p. 238.Google Scholar

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