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Quoted in Acemoglu and Robinson (2006) Economic Origins of
Dictatorship and Democracy... pp. 22,27.
James A. Robinson (Harvard) The Emergence of Modern Economic Growth: A Comparative and28, 2009 Analysis
4 / 12 ‘ Corruption’
Old The post Glorious Revolution system was not very democratic, with
rotten boroughs’and uncontested elections.
The rise of the state, as documented by Brewer, also went along side
by side with ‘
Yet even prior to the 1832 Reform Act the British political elite began
to self-reform. One thing they did was to start cleaning up ‘
Corruption’by eliminating sinecures and venal o¢ ceholding. James A. Robinson (Harvard) The Emergence of Modern Economic Growth: A Comparative and28, 2009 Analysis
5 / 12 English Rotten Boroughs
• For example, in 1831:
Old Sarum in Wiltshire had 3 houses and 7 voters
East Looe in Cornwall had 167 houses and 38 voters
Dunwich in Suffolk had 44 houses and 32 voters (the bulk of the
settlements in the borough having fallen into the sea)
Plympton Erle in Devon had 182 houses and 40 voters
Gatton in Surrey had 23 houses and 7 voters
Newtown on the Isle of Wight had 14 houses and 23 voters
Bramber in West Sussex had 35 houses and 20 voters
Callington in Cornwall had 225 houses...
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