By Pasi Ihalainen
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According to Tilly, Parliament became the object of ordinary people’s attention, and the same issues could be debated by Parliament and the people. 17 Jupp 2006, 226, 229, 264. 18 Cf. Steinmetz 1993, 65, and Reid 2000, 122–134, according to whom it was rather the rise of the public sphere that affected parliamentary discourse so that negotiations were replaced by a new form of public speaking. 16 british and swedish parliamentary debates 37 the speakers in the first place. In the British Parliament, the subjects could either be determined by an Order of the Day or sometimes be initiated freely by an individual member.
Representation’ and ‘republic’ had been connected in the American Constitution (1789), but it had still rejected ‘democracy’. Robespierre’s innovation was to bring ‘democracy’, ‘republic’ and ‘representation’ together and set them as the goals of the Revolution—both in France and internationally. 31 29 Canovan 2005, 10–11, 20–22, 35, 69, 106. Some mention of eighteenth-century popular governments in Poland, Sweden or the Dutch Republic might have been useful here; Morgan 1988. Morgan’s essential contribution is the notion of popular sovereignty as a deliberate fiction invented by political elites to legitimate their rule in the name of the people.
Practical Arrangements and Argumentation The ways in which the debates were conducted within different parliamentary and estate traditions affected the structure of arguments and hence the use of concepts. The choice of discussion topic and the order of the debate effectively structured what could be argued by 15 Black 2001, 225–226. See Tilly 1997, 246–248. According to Tilly, Parliament became the object of ordinary people’s attention, and the same issues could be debated by Parliament and the people.
Agents of the People by Pasi Ihalainen