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The Shadow Cabinet in Westminster systems: Modeling opposition agenda setting in the House of Commons, 1832-1915

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This article considers the emergence of an informal institution vital to the functioning of Westminster polities: that the Shadow Cabinet is a 'government in waiting'. It compares the evidence for two theoretical accounts of its timing: a 'procedural' theory wherein the Shadow Cabinet is a solution to internal organizational issues in the House of Commons prior to widespread working-class voting, and a 'competition' theory that predicts that suffrage extension acts as a key stimulus for Shado...

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Published
Peer review status:
Peer reviewed
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Accepted manuscript

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10.1017/S0007123416000016

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Institution:
University of Oxford
Division:
Social Sciences Division
Department:
Politics & Int Relations
Oxford college:
Nuffield College
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Author
Publisher:
Cambridge University Press Publisher's website
Journal:
British Journal of Political Science Journal website
Volume:
48
Issue:
2
Pages:
343-367
Publication date:
2016-04-11
Acceptance date:
2015-09-17
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EISSN:
1469-2112
ISSN:
0007-1234
Pubs id:
pubs:834306
URN:
uri:acdca5ba-0883-413e-89c3-52083a9f5ecd
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uuid:acdca5ba-0883-413e-89c3-52083a9f5ecd
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