The Great Reform Act of 1832, United Kingdon

Resource Type
Dataset : aggregate data, roll call voting data
  • Aidt, Toke S (Faculty of Economics, University of Cambridge)
  • FRANCK, RAPHAËL (Department of Economics, Hebrew University of Jerusalem)
Publication Date
Funding Reference
  • The British Academy
    • Award Number: JHAG097
Free Keywords
Democracy; Great reform act 1832; roll call data
  • Abstract

    The dataset and the associated computer code replicate the results reported in the paper “WHAT MOTIVATES AN OLIGARCHIC ELITE TO DEMOCRATIZE? EVIDENCE FROM THE ROLL CALL VOTE ON THE GREAT REFORM ACT OF 1832”. The goal of the project is to understand the origins of democracy in general and the motivation behind the Great Reform Act of 1832 in particular. The data are used to study the roll call vote on March 22 1831.

Temporal Coverage
  • 1830-01-01 / 1831-12-31
    Time Period: Fri Jan 01 00:00:00 EST 1830--Sat Dec 31 00:00:00 EST 1831
Geographic Coverage
  • England and Wales
Sampled Universe
The two deposited datasets differ in level of spatial aggregation.

1)      Dataset “seat_dataset.dta”: The unit of analysis is one of the 489 English or one of the 24 Welsh seats of the British House of Common that existed in 1830.

2)      Dataset “constituency_dataset.dta”: the unit of analysis is one of the 244 English constituencies.

Collection Mode
  • The deposited Read Me Metadata document contains details of the sources from which the data are drawn and a defintion of each variable in the two datasets. It also contains information about the replication computer code.


Update Metadata: 2019-01-26 | Issue Number: 1 | Registration Date: 2019-01-26