Download e-book for kindle: British Political Culture and the Idea of `Public Opinion', by James Thompson

By James Thompson

Newspapers, periodicals, pamphlets and books all mirror the ubiquity of 'public opinion' in political discourse in past due 19th and early twentieth-century Britain. via shut awareness to debates around the political spectrum, James Thompson charts the ways that Britons sought to find 'public opinion' in an period ahead of polling. He indicates that 'public opinion' used to be the vital time period wherein the hyperlink among the social and the political used to be interrogated, charted and contested and charts how the frequent conviction that the general public was once growing to be in strength raised major matters concerning the type of polity rising in Britain. He additionally examines how the early Labour occasion negotiated the language of 'public opinion' and sought to articulate Labour pursuits on the subject of these of the general public. In so doing he sheds vital new gentle at the personality of Britain's liberal political tradition and on Labour's position in and courting to that culture.

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