The Will of the People? The History of Petitioning in Britain and its Implications for Today | University of Oxford

The Will of the People? The History of Petitioning in Britain and its Implications for Today

Speaker
Professor Mark Knights, University of Warwick
Event date
Event time
17:30
Venue
Wolfson College
Linton Road
Oxford
Oxfordshire
OX2 6UD
Venue details

Leonard Wolfson Auditorium

Event type
Lectures and seminars
Event cost
Free
Disabled access?
Yes
Booking required
Recommended

Is there, as Lord Chancellor and Secretary of State for Justice Liz Truss has suggested, a 'settled will of the people'? If so, how is this best expressed: through a referendum, through Parliament, or through petitions?

We have recently seen enormous e-petitions about Brexit and Donald Trump's visit to the UK; but what is the history of petitioning in British political culture and how does the voice of the petitioner square with other forms of representation? What indeed, was the legal status of a petition, and how was this disputed?

In this lecture, Professor Mark Knights of the University of Warwick will assess how the will of the British people has been expressed through the device of petitioning throughout the ages, and draw lessons for the Britain of today.

Mark Knights is Professor of History at the University of Warwick, whose research focuses on the nature of partisanship and the relationship between ideas, discourse and action. He is currently writing a book for OUP about the history of corruption in Britain and its empire, and writes a blog about corruption past and present.

Read Professor Knights' blog: http://blogs.warwick.ac.uk/historyofcorruption/