The Emergence of Party Discipline in the British House of Commons

This project comprises the compilation of the most extensive database of British legislative records ever built.  We have already acquired every speech made in the British House of Commons after 1803, and are soon to acquire every roll call undertaken between 1832 and 1900.  Our research focuses on when and how party discipline emerged in the British House of Commons.  Primary responsibility of the student is  to 'clean up' of roll call records, which list member of parliament names, and the way they voted in divisions.  Often we can disambiguate the names automatically from other records we have to hand, but additional help is needed for those we cannot match.

  • Sponsoring Faculty Member:  Arthur Spirling
  • Research Scholars: Anna Hopper, Katherine Wang