Dr Kathryn Rix

Assistant Editor  krix@histparl.ac.uk

I joined the History of Parliament in 2009 after several years at Cambridge (at Christ’s College and at Murray Edwards College). I am the assistant editor of the House of Commons, 1832-1945 project. We are currently working on the period 1832-1868, for which I’m researching biographies of MPs and constituencies in Lancashire, Yorkshire and Suffolk.

Research interests

I am particularly interested in the development of party organisation, changes in electoral culture, and the interactions between the local and national dimensions of electoral politics. My book on Parties, agents and electoral culture in England, 1880-1910 was published by Boydell & Brewer as part of the Royal Historical Society’s Studies in History series in November 2016.

I have a long-standing interest in electoral corruption and legislative attempts to tackle it, and this will form the basis of my next project. More recently I have begun working on parliamentary speech-making and the reporting of parliamentary proceedings.

I am a member of the project board for the Vote 100 project which will be marking the 100th anniversary of partial female enfranchisement in 2018.

Publications

‘The Second Reform Act and the problem of electoral corruption’, Parliamentary History, 36:1 (2017), 64-81.

Parties, agents and electoral culture in England, 1880-1910 (2016)

‘ “Whatever passed in Parliament ought to be communicated to the public”: reporting the proceedings of the Reformed Commons, 1833-1850’, Parliamentary History, 33:3 (2014), 453-74

‘Professionalisation and political culture. Party agents, 1880-1914’, Journal of Liberal History, 84 (2014), 18-25

‘By-elections and the modernisation of party organisation, 1867-1914’, in By-elections in British Politics, 1832-1914, ed. T. Otte and P. Readman (Boydell and Brewer, 2013), 151-75.

‘“The elimination of corrupt practices in British elections”? Reassessing the impact of the 1883 Corrupt Practices Act’, English Historical Review, CXXIII (2008), 65-97

‘Les agents de circonscription en Grande-Bretagne (1880-1914): la professionalisation d’un rôle politique’, Politix, special edition on ‘La fabrique des partis en Grande-Bretagne’, 21:81 (2008), 41-60

‘Hidden workers of the party. The professional Liberal agents, 1885-1910’, Journal of Liberal History, 52 (2006), 4-13

‘“Go out into the highways and the hedges”: the diary of Michael Sykes, Conservative political lecturer, 1895 and 1907-8’, Parliamentary History, 20:2 (2001), 209-31

I have contributed book reviews to Parliamentary History, the Journal of Liberal History, the Journal of Contemporary History, Midland History and Victorian Studies.

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