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Proportional RepresentationCritics of the British Electoral System 1820-1945$
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Jenifer Hart

Print publication date: 1992

Print ISBN-13: 9780198201366

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: October 2011

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198201366.001.0001

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Thomas Hare and John Stuart Mill

Thomas Hare and John Stuart Mill

(p.24) II Thomas Hare and John Stuart Mill
Proportional Representation

Jenifer Hart

Oxford University Press

Although Thomas Hare may have faced several different challenges when he was young since he had to work and provide for himself as he studied law, he became a student at the Inner Temple in 1828. As he worked at the Charity Commission, he gained enough experience for himself to be exposed to various legal problems and social issues, particularly those that concerned the depopulation of villages and the residences of those in the poorer classes. Because of how he believed that there was a need to include people in parliament who would advocate the welfare of such people, Hare came up with a pamphlet about representation which soon resulted to the publication of a book about the electoral system. This chapter tells of the background of this said Treatise and how John Stuart Mill had been able also to present his thoughts regarding the cumulative and limited vote.

Keywords:   Thomas Hare, John Stuart Mill, poorer classes, electoral system, cumulative vote, limited vote, Treatise

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