Social And Economic Changes During The 19th Century And Early 18th Century
become a more democratic society.
Social and Economic change were two of the reasons as to why these changes came about however there were also other factors which
played substantial roles in leading Britain towards becoming more democratic such as: changing political attitudes, the role of pressure
groups, political reform in other countries and the political advantage that parties could gain from championing reform.
Social and Economic Change / Changing Political Attitudes
As masses of people began to flood into cities after the industrial revolution Britain began to see a great influx in population. For those
residing in towns and cities political representation was scarce in comparison to the countryside, where mainly wealthy landowners
resided. This infuriated middle class businessmen who believed that they too made a substantial contribution towards Britain 's economy
and therefore they too should also have a say in the running of the country and be fairly represented in Parliament. Faced with these
demands ,Parliament was under pressure to take steps that led to the growth of democracy.
The rise in the number of citizens with a basic education also contributed to the growth of democracy. As such, more people were able
to read national newspapers which were distributed nation wide courtesy of the proliferation of…