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The Efficient Secret
The Cabinet and the Development of Political Parties in Victorian England

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Part of Political Economy of Institutions and Decisions

  • Date Published: April 2011
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  • isbn: 9780511871702

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  • The Efficient Secret is an analysis of the institutional changes in parliamentary government in nineteenth-century England, concentrating on the years between the first and third Reform Acts. Professor Gary W. Cox employs a rational choice model to analyze the problems of voter choice and to examine the emergence of party loyalty in the electorate, the development of cabinet government, and their legislative consequences. The introductory chapters provide the historical setting for this study and briefly survey nineteenth-century political and economic events. Professor Cox then focuses on the increases in party voting in Parliament and in the electorate. To support his argument concerning these parallel developments, he uses statistical evidence drawn from poll books and newspapers.

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    • Date Published: April 2011
    • format: Adobe eBook Reader
    • isbn: 9780511871702
    • availability: This ISBN is for an eBook version which is distributed on our behalf by a third party.
  • Table of Contents

    Part I. Introduction:
    1. Introduction and outline
    2. The historical setting
    Part II. The Development of Disciplined Parliamentary Parties:
    3. The measurement and theory of party cohesion
    4. The Peelites and the disruption of the party system
    5. The caucus
    6. The origin of the efficient secret
    7. The electoral connection and ministerial ambition
    8. The Cabinet's strength: threats of resignation and dissolution
    Part III. The Electorate:
    9. The development of a party-oriented electorate
    10. The causes of a party-oriented electorate
    11. The legislative consequences of a party-oriented electorate
    12. The influence of constituents in Victorian England
    Part IV. Conclusion:
    13. The history of party voting
    Appendix
    References
    Author index
    Subject index.

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    Gary W. Cox

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