Dr Philip Salmon

Current Research

Published Volumes

Research Fellow Commons 1820-1832

History of Parliament Research

I joined the History of Parliament in 1997 after completing my doctorate at Oxford University. For the next eleven years I worked on the 1820-32 House of Commons volumes, which were published by Cambridge University Press in 2009. In 2009 I was appointed editor of the new 1832-1945 House of Commons project.

Research and Publications

My interests include:

• The development of early democratic institutions (national, local and colonial) in Britain, Ireland and Australia, c.1800-1914; their practical workings and impact on the emergence of distinctive political identities; the related ideas, literature and historiography of electoral reform movements
• Elections and the role of the MP in Victorian politics; the cult of the public figure and the changing practices and functions of popular representation
• IT applications in history: quantification and digitisation; computer-based psephology; the impact of the web on political history

My publications include:

Electoral reform at work: local politics and national parties, 1832-1841, (Royal Historical Society, 2011 & 2002) 

-  Co-ed., Partisan politics, principle and reform in parliament and the constituencies, 1689-1880, (Edinburgh University Press, 2005) 

-  ‘“Plumping contests”: the impact of by-elections on English voting behaviour, 1790-1868’, in By-elections in British Politics, 1832-1914, ed. T. Otte and P. Readman (Boydell and Brewer, forthcoming 2013)        

- ‘The parliamentary representation of Oxfordshire’, in An Historical Atlas of Oxfordshire, ed. K. Tiller and G. Darkes (Oxfordshire Record Society, 2010), 126-8

- ‘The English reform legislation, 1831-32’, in The House of Commons, 1820-32, ed. D. Fisher (Cambridge University Press, 2009), vol. 1, pp. 374-412

- ‘The House of Commons, 1801-1911’, in A Short History of Parliament, ed. C. Jones (Boydell & Brewer, 2009), 248-69

- ‘“Reform should begin at home”: English municipal and parliamentary reform, 1818-32’ in Partisan politics, principle and reform in parliament and the constituencies, 1689-1880, ed. C. Jones, P. Salmon and R. Davis, (Edinburgh University Press, 2005), 93-113

- Ed., ‘England’s “other” ballot question: the unnoticed political revolution of 1835’, in Partisan Politics, Principl