In recent years the study of elections has become a matter of serious academic interest, and social scientists have come to realise that patterns of voting, especially if examined over a period, provide a great deal of insight into the social structure of a community. This book is an attempt to establish the pattern for Britain as revealed in the general elections for Parliament in the period 1885 to 1910, when the electoral constituencies were of a constant shape, and when, for the first time, the process of voting was largely free of the grosser forms of corruption and the franchise sufficiently widely distributed to include the majority of adult males.


Political Behaviour Labour Party Liberal Party Local Option Social Geography 
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    See, for instance, S. Rice, Quantitative Methods in Politics (New York, 1928)Google Scholar
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    Keir Hardie was elected with Liberal support. See H. Peiling, Origins of the Labour Party (1954), p. 112.Google Scholar
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    For an account of how this decision was taken see A. M. Gollin, The Observer and J. L. Garvin (1960), ch. viii.Google Scholar

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© Henry Pelling 1967

Authors and Affiliations

  • Henry Pelling
    • 1
  1. 1.St. John’s CollegeCambridgeUK

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