VoteWorld Comparative Parliamentary Roll-Call Voting Reference File

United Kingdom

Basic Information:
Parliament website:
Size of parliament: 659 (commons), 675 (lords)
Form of government: parliamentary
Electoral system: plurality/single-member district (commons), appointed (lords)
Continuous democracy since: 1832
Last parliamentary election: 5 May 2005
Freedom House political freedom score in 2004: 1
Population: 60.3 million


Aydelotte, William O. (1954) 'The House of Commons in the 1840s',
History, 39, (137), pp. 249-262.

Aydelotte, William O. (1963) 'Voting Patterns in the British House of
Commons in the 1840s', Comparative Studies in Society and History, vol. 5, no. 2, pp. 134-163.

Cowley, Philip and Sarah Childs (2003) ‘Too Spineless to Rebel? New Labour’s Women MPs’, British Journal of Political Science 33: 245-365.

Cowley, Philip and Philip Norton (1999) ‘Rebels and Rebellions: Conservative MPs in the 1992 Parliament’, British Journal of Politics and International Relations 1(1): 84-105.

Cowley, Philip (2002) Revolts and Rebellions: Parliamentary Voting Under
Blair, London : Politico's.

Cowley, Philip and Mark Stuart (2003) ‘In Place of Strife? The PLP in Government, 1997-2001’, Political Studies 51: 315-331.

Cowley, Philip (2005) Rebels, London : Politico's.

Crowe, Edward W., “Cross-Voting in the British House of Commons, 1945-1974,EJournal of Politics 42: 487-510. "

Crowe, Edward (1986) "The Web of Authority: Party Loyalty and Social
Control in the British House of Commons," Legislative Studies Quarterly, vol. 11, no. 2, pp. 161-185.

Franklin, Mark, Alison Baxter and Margaret Jordan (1986) 'Who Were the
Rebels? Correlates of Dissent in the British House of Commons, 1970-74', Legislative Studies Quarterly, vol. 11, no. 2, pp. 143-159.

Gaines, Brian J. and Geoffrey Garrett (1993) ‘The Calculus of Dissent: Party Discipline in the British Labour Government’, Political Behavior 15(2): 113-135.

Garner, Christopher & Natalia Letki (2005) 'Party Structure and
Backbench Dissent in the Canadian and British Parliaments', Canadian
Journal of Political Science, vol. 38, no. 2, pp. 463-482.

Jackson, Robert J. (1968) Rebels and Whips: An Analysis of Dissension,
Discipline and Cohesion in British Political Parties, London : Macmillan.

Kam, Christopher (2001) ‘Do Ideological Preferences Explain Parliamentary Behaviour: Evidence from Great Britain and Canada’, Journal of Legislative Studies 7(4): 89-126.

McLean, Iain and Arthur Spirling (2003) ‘UK OC OK? A Note on Interpreting Optimal Classification Scoring for the United Kingdom’, Nuffield College Working Papers in Politics 2003-W9, 3 June 2003, Nuffield College: Oxford.

Mughan, Anthony (1990) ‘Midterm Popularity and Governing Party Dissension in the House of Commons, 1959-1979’, Legislative Studies Quarterly 15: 341-356.

Mughan, Anthony & Roger Scully (1997) 'Accounting for Change in Free
Vote Outcomes in the House of Commons', British Journal of Political
Science, vol. 27, no. 4, pp 619-659.

Norton, Philip (1975) Dissension in the House of Commons 1945-1974, London: Macmillan.

Norton, Philip (1978) Conservative Dissidents: Dissent within the Parliamentary Conservative Party 1970-74, London: Temple Smith.

Norton, Philip (1980) Dissension in the House of Commons 1974-1979, London: Macmillan.

Schonhardt-Bailey, Cheryl (2003) ‘Ideology, Party and Interests in the British Parliament of 1841-47’, British Journal of Political Science 33: 581-605.

Wood, David M. and Jack T. Pitzer, “Comparing Parliamentary Voting on European Issues in France and Britain ,ELegislative Studies Quarterly 7: 101-117.





Contact: Arthur Spirling (University of Rochester) and David Firth (University of Warwick)
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Contact: Cheryl Schonhard-Bailey (London School of Economics and Political Science)
Period covered: 1841-1847

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