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‘The too clever by half people’ and parliament

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The role of intellectuals in shaping pressure on parliament has often been neglected and still more frequently downplayed. Even intellectuals themselves have doubted their own political importance; hence Walter Bagehot's observation that ‘the too clever by half people, who live in Bohemia , ought to have no more influence in parliament, than they have in England, and they can scarcely have less’. This article considers what it is to be an intellectual in politics – and what political role int...

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Published
Peer review status:
Peer reviewed

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10.1111/1750-0206.12333

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Institution:
University of Oxford
Division:
HUMS
Department:
History Faculty
Oxford college:
St John's College
Role:
Author
Publisher:
Wiley
Journal:
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Volume:
37
Issue:
S1
Pages:
119-138
Publication date:
2018-07-31
Acceptance date:
2018-01-01
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EISSN:
1750-0206
ISSN:
0264-2824
Language:
English
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pubs:821520
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uuid:632a753b-298f-4c46-9f5f-f7f30128bddf
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pubs:821520
Source identifiers:
821520
Deposit date:
2018-01-26

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