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The Transformation of Urban Liberalism: Party Politics and Urban Governance in Late Nineteenth-Century England


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The Transformation of Urban Liberalism re-evaluates the dramatic and turbulent political decade following the 'Third Reform Act', and questions whether the Liberal Party's political heartlands - the urban boroughs - really were in decline. In contrast to some recent studies, it does not see electoral reform, the Irish Home Rule crisis and the challenge of socialism as representing a fundamental threat to the integrity of the party. Instead this book illustrates, using parallel case studies, how the party gradually began to transform into a social democratic organisation through a re-evaluation of its role and policy direction. This process was not one directed from the centre - despite the important personalities of Gladstone and Rosebery - but rather one heavily influenced by 'grass roots politics'. Consequently, it suggests that late Victorian politics was more democratic and open than sometimes thought, with leading urban politicians forced to respond to the demands of party activists. Changes in the structure of urban rule produced new policy outcomes and brought new collectivist forms of New Liberalism onto the political agenda. Thus, it is argued that without the political transformations of the decade 1885-1895, the radical liberal governments of the Edwardian era would not have been possible.

Table of Contents

The rise of Manchester radicalism — Leicester liberalism : an uneasy alliance — Manchester and the home rule crisis — Leicester : unionism marginalised? — Municipal scandals and realignment — The "politicisation" of the town hall — Manchester's suburban radicalism — Incorporation : an agent of radicalism? — Manchester and the rise of progressivism — The Labour challenge in Leicester.

Product Details

Ashgate Gower
Business & Economics : Management - General
Moore, James R.
Political Science : International Relations - General
Publication Date:
September 2008

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Business » Human Resource Management
Business » Management
History and Social Science » Europe » Great Britain » General History
History and Social Science » Politics » General
History and Social Science » Politics » United States » Foreign Policy
History and Social Science » World History » 1650 to Present
History and Social Science » World History » General

The Transformation of Urban Liberalism: Party Politics and Urban Governance in Late Nineteenth-Century England
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