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The Decline of British Radicalism, 1847–1860$
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Miles Taylor

Print publication date: 1995

Print ISBN-13: 9780198204824

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: October 2011

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198204824.001.0001

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The Reform Party and the Reform Movement

The Reform Party and the Reform Movement

(p.158) 5 The Reform Party and the Reform Movement
The Decline of British Radicalism, 1847–1860

Miles Taylor

Oxford University Press

The chapter looks at the trend showing the extent to which the reform movement outside the British parliament retained much of its momentum after 1848. The chapter discusses how the British Parliament developed a common platform on a number of issues, such as parliamentary reform, the peace question, anti-slavery, and financial reform. Radical organizations continued to find widespread support. In comparison to the 1830s and the mid-1860s, the decade after 1848 saw very little debate about suffrage. Towards the end of the decade concerns were expressed about the failure of the representative system to keep pace with demographic change. Analysis of the composition, character, and behaviour of the existing electorate or the unenfranchised population was markedly absent for most of the decade until the appearance of Benjamin Disraeli's Reform Bill in February 1859.

Keywords:   reform movement, British parliament, radical organizations, demographic change, parliamentary reform, enjamin Disraeli

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