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Author Eastwood, David, 1959-
Title Governing rural England : tradition and transformation in local government, 1780-1840 / David Eastwood.
Imprint Oxford : Clarendon Press ; New York : Oxford University Press, 1994.

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Author Eastwood, David, 1959-
Series Oxford historical monographs
Oxford historical monographs.
Subject Local government -- England -- History.
Great Britain -- Politics and government -- 1789-1820.
Great Britain -- Politics and government -- 1800-1837.
England -- Rural conditions.
Description 1 online resource (xiii, 311 pages) : illustrations.
Note digitized 2010 HathiTrust Digital Library committed to preserve pda
Bibliography Note Includes bibliographical references (pages 266-301) and index.
Contents 1. Images of Authority: Ideologies of Power -- 2. Structures of Authority: The Parish and the Vestry -- 3. Structures of Authority: The County and the Sessions -- 4. Men of Authority: The Magistrates and their System -- 5. Local Government, Parliament, and the Problem of Poverty 1795-1819 -- 6. A Life of Expedients: The Old Poor Law at Work -- 7. Independent Nations: The Parochial Administration of the Poor Law and Beyond -- 8. Crime, Justice, and the Challenge to Order -- 9. Police, Punishment, and the Maintenance of Order.
Summary Governing Rural England provides a new perspective on the process of state formation in modern England. It begins by identifying the complex ideological, cultural, and institutional influences which shaped the political provincialism of later Hanoverian England. In contrast to traditional accounts, which emphasized the ineffective, even oligarchic, character of the administration of rural England, David Eastwood demonstrates its effectiveness and capacity to adapt, and uncovers the complex interplay between central and local institutions which lay at the heart of the late Hanoverian polity.
By examining key areas of policy (poor law administration, police, crime and punishment) Dr Eastwood explains the ways in which new principles of public administration combined with rapid social change to create a profound crisis in English local government in the second quarter of the nineteenth century. The resolution of this crisis led to a diminution in the role and power of traditional governing elites in rural England. This complex reconfiguration of authority within the English state had a profound influence on the developing political culture and institutional framework of modern Britain.
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Reproduction Electronic reproduction. [S.l.] : HathiTrust Digital Library, 2010.
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Note Print version record.
ISBN 0198204817 (alk. paper)
9780198204817 (alk. paper)
OCLC # 605161190
Additional Format Print version: Eastwood, David, 1959- Governing rural England. Oxford : Clarendon Press ; New York : Oxford University Press, 1994 (DLC) 93039355 (OCoLC)29361262