The Collected Works of Jeremy Bentham: Official Aptitude Maximized, Expense Minimized

Hardcover | April 30, 1999

byJeremy Bentham, F. RosenEditorPhilip Schofield

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The essays which Bentham collected together for publication in 1830 under the title of Official Aptitude Maximized; Expense Minimized, written at various times between 1810 and 1830, deal with the means of achieving efficient and economical government. In considering a wide range of themes inthe fields of constitutional law, public finance, and legal reform, Bentham places the problem of official corruption at the centre of his analysis. He contrasts his own recommendations for good administration, which he had fully developed in his magisterial Constitutional Code, with the severedeficiencies he saw in English practice. The core of the volume consists of four major essays directed against the principles and policies of four leading statesmen: Edmund Burke, George Rose, Robert Peel, and Lord Chancellor Eldon. Of particular concern to Bentham were the abuses sanctioned by thejudges and their officials in the Westminster Hall courts, which, he argues, resulted in the denial of justice to the majority of the population. In this volume, Bentham not only displays the precise logical reasoning for which he is well known, but also his considerable skills as a rhetorician ofreform.

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The essays which Bentham collected together for publication in 1830 under the title of Official Aptitude Maximized; Expense Minimized, written at various times between 1810 and 1830, deal with the means of achieving efficient and economical government. In considering a wide range of themes inthe fields of constitutional law, public fin...

Philip Schofield is a Research Fellow at University College London.

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Format:HardcoverDimensions:556 pages, 9.21 × 6.14 × 1.46 inPublished:April 30, 1999Publisher:Oxford University Press

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`Philip Schofield has established new standard in Bentham scholarship. The index too is thorough and helpful, while the forty-five pages of collations should be more than enough to satisfy even the most stringent and exacting of textual critics.'History of Political Thought