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Parliamentary Selection : Social and Political Choice in Early Modern England - Mark A. Kishlansky

Parliamentary Selection

Social and Political Choice in Early Modern England

Paperback Published: 26th January 1987
ISBN: 9780521311168
Number Of Pages: 276

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Parliamentary Selection examines the process by which members of Parliament were chosen in the period between the reigns of Elizabeth I and William III. By focusing on the nature of the selection process, rather than on its results, Professor Kishlansky uncovers a fundamental transformation in assumptions about political behaviour in the early modern period. Until the time of the English Revolution, selection of members of Parliament was a social process dominated by concern about rank and status, personal honor, and community solidarity. County elites organized their selections to reflect the realities of their local social structures, accounting for the influence of the county peerage and greater gentry. Borough elites used local patrons, officeholders, and denizens for nominations to their places. In both county and borough the principle of parliamentary selection was non-competitive choice.

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'A forceful and penetrating study which obliges us to abandon many of our previous assumptions about the working of seventeenth-century parliamentary elections and has important implications for our understanding of the 'democratic' electoral process in general.' Professor J. P. Kenyon, University of St. Andrews 'A startling thesis, brilliantly sustained, and written with eit and panache.' J. S. Morrill, Selwyn College, Cambridge

Selections and Social Choice
Parliamentary selection
Counties and boroughs
Contesting and composing
Addled selections
Elections and Political Choice
The transition
Counties and boroughs
Contesting and winning
Hard-fought elections
Selected bibliography
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ISBN: 9780521311168
ISBN-10: 0521311160
Audience: Professional
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 276
Published: 26th January 1987
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 24.64 x 15.55  x 1.88
Weight (kg): 0.45

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