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Safwan Shabab


In this paper, I will argue that public opinion in Britain during the 1830s was the most crucial factor in ensuring the passage of Great Reform Act of 1832. I intend to validate this claim by contending that the alteration in relationship between the House of Commons and the House of Lords, the split within the Tories, the Whig response and King William IV’s role were direct outcomes of the popular agitation in Britain between 1831 and 1832. Alternative impetus for reform, including an inherent parliamentary dynamism and competence of British politicians and monarch will be also shown to be inadequate, in the absence of a public will, to explain the passage of the Reform.