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British Parliamentary Divisions on Repeal of the Corn Laws, Including Party Affiliation of Members of Parliament and Constituency Characteristics, 1832-1846 (ICPSR 6424)

Principal Investigator(s): Schonhardt-Bailey, Cheryl


These data were gathered to explain the timing of the repeal of the Corn Laws by developing and testing a model that links the economic composition of British county and borough constituencies to the voting behavior of Members of Parliament (M.P.s) on trade policy. The model seeks to demonstrate that electoral reform and export growth and diversification during the 1830s and the early 1840s, both independently and through their influence on the party affiliation of M.P.s, raised the political cost to M.P.s of maintaining a protectionist policy, thereby contributing to the policy shift from protectionism to free trade. The data include constituency characteristics derived from death duty registers and income tax returns.

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Study Description


Schonhardt-Bailey, Cheryl. British Parliamentary Divisions on Repeal of the Corn Laws, Including Party Affiliation of Members of Parliament and Constituency Characteristics, 1832-1846. ICPSR06424-v1. Ann Arbor, MI: Inter-university Consortium for Political and Social Research [distributor], 1995. https://doi.org/10.3886/ICPSR06424.v1

Persistent URL: https://doi.org/10.3886/ICPSR06424.v1

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This study was funded by:

  • University of California-Los Angeles. Center for International and Strategic Affairs
  • University of California-Los Angeles. Department of Political Science

Scope of Study

Subject Terms:    Corn Laws (UK), economic conditions, historical data, Members of Parliament, trade policy, voting behavior

Geographic Coverage:    Global, Great Britain

Time Period:   

  • 1832--1846

Universe:    All borough and county constituencies in Britain.

Data Type(s):    aggregate data

Data Collection Notes:

The first record in the data comprises a list of variable names. Consequently, the data have one record more than the number of cases.


Sample:    Systematic random sampling.

Data Source:

(1) British death duty registers for 1830 and 1850, (2) Income tax returns for 1814 and 1856, (3) Philbin, J.H. PARLIAMENTARY REPRESENTATION, 1832, ENGLAND AND WALES. New Haven, CT: 1965, (4) Great Britain. PARLIAMENTARY DEBATES AND PARLIAMENTARY PAPERS. Hansard, various years.


Original ICPSR Release:   1996-02-12

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