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Labour and the Caucus: Working-Class Radicalism and Organised Liberalism in England, 1868-1888

James Owen


Labour and the Caucus provides a new, innovative pre-history of the Labour party. In the two decades following the Second Reform Act there was a sustained and concerted campaign for working-class parliamentary representation from a range of labour organisations to an extent that was hitherto unseen in British political history. The franchise revolution of 1867 and the controversial introduction of more sophisticated forms of electoral machinery, which became known as the ‘caucus’, raised serious questions not only for a labour movement seeking to secure political representation but also for a ... More

Keywords: Labour party, Liberal party, caucus, radicalism, working class, independent labour

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2014 Print ISBN-13: 9781846319440
Published to Liverpool Scholarship Online: September 2014 DOI:10.5949/liverpool/9781846319440.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

James Owen, author
History of Parliament, House of Commons, 1832-1945 project