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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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The First Campaign: Part I, 1859–1883

The First Campaign: Part I, 1859–1883

(p.56) III The First Campaign: Part I, 1859–1883
Proportional Representation

Jenifer Hart

Oxford University Press

Before he died, Thomas Hare had been able to write and publish about twenty-five papers concerning representative machinery, as well as several addresses to the press. Aside from actively being involved in promoting his advocacies both locally and internationally, he also presented evidence to two committees of the parliament. Hare articulated a number of different criticisms about parliament, particularly on how it was composed and how it proceeded with its functions. He asserted that the Reform Act of 1832 favoured rich and shameless men, and that his scheme ought to incorporate the representation of localities with the election of those who were best fit for particular positions. This chapter discusses Hare's early attempts at promoting his ideas about the electoral system.

Keywords:   Thomas Hare, representative machinery, parliament, Reform Act of 1832, representation of localities, election

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