By Cheryl Schonhardt-Bailey
The repeal of Britain's Corn legislation in 1846--one of the main important
fiscal coverage judgements of the 19th century--has lengthy intrigued and puzzled
political scientists, historians, and economists. Why may a Conservative prime
minister act opposed to his personal party's pursuits? The Conservatives entered government
in 1841 with a robust dedication to keeping agriculture; 5 years later, the
Conservative major Minister Sir Robert Peel presided over repeal of the
protectionist Corn legislation, violating get together ideas and undercutting the economic
pursuits of the land-owning aristocracy. just a 3rd of Conservative contributors of
Parliament supported the repeal laws and inside a month of repeal, Peel's
executive fell. The Conservatives remained out of strength for many years. In this
definitive publication, Cheryl Schonhardt-Bailey examines the interacting forces that
led to the abrupt starting of Britain's free-trade empire.Using a wide
number of methodological instruments to degree either qualitative and quantitative data
(including computer-assisted content material research of millions of pages of parliamentary
debates), Schonhardt-Bailey concludes that fiscal pursuits supplied the momentum
in the back of repeal, a momentum that overshadowed just about all else. certainly, as a part of a
broader momentum of democratic reform, those comparable pursuits, left unhappy, may
simply have snowballed into revolution--as Sir Robert Peel and others feared. But
pursuits by myself didn't clarify why reform instead of revolution emerged in
mid-nineteenth century Britain. on the way to get to the bottom of extra absolutely the long-standing
puzzle of repeal, Schonhardt-Bailey lines the overlapping and intertwined forces of
curiosity, principles, and institutions.
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From the Corn Laws to Free Trade: Interests, Ideas, and Institutions in Historical Perspective by Cheryl Schonhardt-Bailey