Dr Philip Salmon

Current Research

Published Volumes

Senior Research Fellow Commons 1820-1832

History of Parliament Research

I joined the History of Parliament in 1997 after completing a doctorate and teaching at Oxford University. For the next eleven years I worked on the 1820-32 House of Commons volumes, which were published by Cambridge University Press in 2009. In 2009 I was appointed editor of the new 1832-1868 House of Commons project.

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Research and Publications

My interests include:

• The development of early democratic institutions (national, local and colonial) in Britain, Ireland and Australia, c.1800-1914; their practical workings and impact on the emergence of distinctive political identities; the related ideas, literature and historiography of electoral reform movements

• Elections and the role of the MP in Victorian politics; the cult of the public figure and the changing practices and functions of popular representation

• IT applications in history: quantification and digitisation; computer-based psephology; the impact of the web on political history


Electoral Reform at Work: Local Politics and National Parties, 1832-1841 (Royal Historical Society, 2011 & 2002) 

Co-ed., Partisan politics, principle and reform in parliament and the constituencies, 1689-1880 (Edinburgh University Press, 2005) 

‘Parliament’, in The Oxford Handbook of Modern British Political History, 1800-2000, ed. R. Crowcroft, D. S. Brown and G. Pentland (Oxford University Press, forthcoming 2017)

‘Nineteenth-century electoral reform’, Modern History Review, xviii (2015), 8-12

 ‘“Plumping contests”: the impact of by-elections on English voting behaviour, 1790-1868’, in By-elections in British Politics, 1832-1914, ed. T. Otte and P. Readman (Boydell and Brewer, 2013), 23-49       

‘The parliamentary representation of Oxfordshire’, in An Historical Atlas of Oxfo