Time and Politics: Parliament and the Culture of Modernity in Britain and the British World by Ryan A. VieiraTime and Politics: Parliament and the Culture of Modernity in Britain and the British World by Ryan A. Vieira

Time and Politics: Parliament and the Culture of Modernity in Britain and the British World

byRyan A. Vieira

Hardcover | August 9, 2015

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Time and Politics is the first cultural and transnational history of modern procedural reform in the Westminster parliamentary system. The study centres on the nineteenth-century emergence of a desire to modernise and make more efficient the procedural rules of parliamentary law-making.Contrary to existing interpretations, which see this as a product of transformations in political structure and practice, this volume demonstrates how the evolution of Parliament's rules was structured by transformations within the wider culture of time. Ryan Vieira argues that the spread of anincreasingly rigorous time discipline in concert with a growing consciousness of being modern worked to progressively erode the legitimacy of the historically developed rules of parliamentary debate and law-making, while simultaneously implanting new ways of judging the effectiveness ofparliamentary institutions. By the 1880s, this process had transformed efficiency into the ultimate criteria of parliamentary effectiveness.Using the conceptual framework of the British world, Time and Politics demonstrates how this new understanding of parliamentary effectiveness was exported to the colonies of settlement through a series of communicative networks and provided colonial parliamentarians with the ability to imagine theinefficiencies of their own legislatures as part of a larger transnational problem. In making these arguments, this volume lays the groundwork for a new type of parliamentary history.
Ryan Viera holds a PhD in modern British history from McMaster University and, between 2012 and 2014, was a post-doctoral fellow at the University of California, Berkeley. He has published articles on Victorian and Edwardian political culture in History and Theory, the Journal of Liberal History, and History Compass. Prior to his acad...
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Title:Time and Politics: Parliament and the Culture of Modernity in Britain and the British WorldFormat:HardcoverDimensions:240 pages, 9.21 × 6.14 × 0.7 inPublished:August 9, 2015Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0198737548

ISBN - 13:9780198737544

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Table of Contents

Introduction: Efficiency and the Modernisation of Parliamentary Procedure1. The Claim to Represent and the Competition for Parliamentary Time2. Parliament and Time in the Early to Mid-Nineteenth Century3. From the Grand Inquest of the Nation to the Parliamentary Machine4. Parliament, Time, and the Transnational Parliamentary Modernity of the British WorldConclusionBibliographyIndex