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By Mark A. Kishlansky
Parliamentary choice examines the method wherein contributors of Parliament have been selected within the interval among the reigns of Elizabeth I and William III. via targeting the character of the choice strategy, instead of on its effects, Professor Kishlansky uncovers a primary transformation in assumptions approximately political behaviour within the early smooth interval. till the time of the English Revolution, collection of contributors of Parliament used to be a social procedure ruled by way of obstacle approximately rank and standing, own honor, and group harmony. County elites equipped their choices to mirror the realities in their neighborhood social constructions, accounting for the impression of the county peerage and bigger gentry. Borough elites used neighborhood buyers, officeholders, and denizens for nominations to their areas. In either county and borough the main of parliamentary choice used to be non-competitive selection.
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Extra info for Parliamentary Selection: Social and Political Choice in Early Modern England
217. 's of Somerset similarly attempted nominations for the 1624 Parliament, though without success. Farnham, "Somerset Election of 1614," English Historical Review, 46 (1931), p. 584. , STT 1436. J. C. Wedgewood, "Parliamentary History of Staffordshire," Historical Collections of Staffordshire, II (1922), 34. Similarly, in 1593 letters were sent to Norfolk constables in the name of "the greatest part of the justices" on behalf of Sir Edward Coke. Norfolk and Norwich Record Office, Aylsham Manuscripts 16.
46 This was the shift from the social to the political, the compartmentalization of values that R. H. 47 Its consequences in the history of parliamentary selection were the multiplication of contests, the serious struggle to establish the electorate, and the emergence of professional politicians whose training ground was the House of Commons. It was the willingness of the elite to contend with each other that created the conditions for the expansion of political participation by other social classes and which, in the long run, made necessary both the party system of the eighteenth century and the franchise reforms of the nineteenth.
K. Gruenfelder, "Gloucestershire Parliamentary Elections, 1604—40," Bristol and Gloucestershire Archaeological Society Transactions, 96 (1979), p. 5 sff. Although Gruenfelder characterizes Gloucester's electoral history in the seventeenth century as "bitterly fought," only in 1604 was there a contest, the result of the renegade candidacy of Jones. L. J. Ashford, The History of the Borough of High Wycombe (i960), p. n o . P. W. , House of Commons 1558—1603, I, 112. H. S. Toy, The History of Helston (1937), p.
Parliamentary Selection: Social and Political Choice in Early Modern England by Mark A. Kishlansky