The Nineteenth-Century Constitution 1815-1914: Documents and Commentary

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H. J. Hanham
Cambridge University Press, 1969 - History - 512 pages
This companion to Elton: The Tudor Constitution, Kenyon: The Stuart Constitution and Williams: The Eighteenth Century Constitution is a collection of documents illustrating constitutional, political, administrative and ecclesiastical history. Professor Hanham lays special emphasis on constitutional theory and the party system, because, during the nineteenth century, men were consciously remoulding the character of their institutions and parliamentary government meant government by party. There are also important sections on the development of the new career civil service and the central departments of government. The 310 documents come from a wide range of published and unpublished sources. They have been arranged under the following headings: The Theory of the Constitution, Cabinet Government, Parliament, Parties and Elections, Central and Local Administration, The Administration of Justice, Church and State, and Ireland. Professor Hanham has provided introductions to each section of documents, relating them to the major political developments and debates of the period.
 

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Contents

THE THEORY OF THE CONSTITUTION
1
CABINET GOVERNMENT
24
The Prime Minister
61
The Cabinet and the Ministry
75
PARLIAMENT
106
The House of Commons
134
The House of Lords
169
PARTIES AND ELECTIONS
200
The Civil Service
314
The Central Departments
338
The Management of the Armed Forces
356
Local SelfGovernment
372
THE ADMINISTRATION OF JUSTICE
401
CHURCH AND STATE
417
IRELAND
440
List of Works Cited
463

Party Organisation
224
The Franchise and the Electoral System
256
CENTRAL AND LOCAL ADMINISTRATION
294

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