Since the 1960s, British politics has seen the progressive renewed rise of constitutional Radicalism. Various key features of the British system of government, from the electoral system to its high degree of centralisation, have been questioned with increasing force. The renewed rise of Radicalism has transformed the reform debate significantly. Political reform has been a major theme of British history since the late nineteenth century. It was the dominant political issue before 1918, and it has again played a major role in British politics since the 1960s. Extra-parliamentary pressure has often led reluctant politicians to adopt particular reform options. The satisfaction with Britain's system of government reflected a decline of constitutional Radicalism until the 1950s which mainly resulted from three factors: a preoccupation with questions of economic management and social reform, the progressive marginalisation of the Radical tradition within Labour as the new main reform party, and the mental de-Europeanisation of Britain since 1914.
|Title of host publication||Reforming the Constitution|
|Subtitle of host publication||Debates in Twentieth-Century Britain|
|Editors||Peter Catterall, Wolfram Kaiser, Ulrike Walton-Jordan|
|Number of pages||29|
|ISBN (Print)||0714650560, 9780714650562|
|Publication status||Published - 12 May 2014|
|Name||British Politics and Society|