Lecture 14

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Unformatted text preview: about 14.5% of the total number). James A. Robinson (Harvard) The Emergence of Modern Economic Growth: A Comparative and28, 2009 Analysis October Historical 3 / 12 Democracy since 1800 – the Polity Score 11 9 7 5 3 Western Europe China Japan Latin America Africa United States United Kingdom 1992 1980 1968 1956 1944 1932 1920 1908 1896 1884 1872 1860 1848 1836 1824 1812 1800 1 -1 -3 -5 -7 -9 -11 The Debate In an address to the British parliament in 1831 introducing a limited su¤rage extension the Prime Minister Earl Grey (yes he of the tea..) argued “There is no-one more decided against annual parliaments, universal su¤rage and the ballot than I am. My object is not to favor, but to put an end to such hopes and projects ... The principal of my reform is to prevent the necessity of revolution ... reforming to preserve and not to overthrow.” Viscount Cranborne, a leading 19th century Conservative described the reform struggle as “a battle not of parties, but of classes and a portion of the great political struggle of our century - the struggle between property...
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