Dr Philip Salmon
|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.