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Utility and DemocracyThe Political Thought of Jeremy Bentham$
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Philip Schofield

Print publication date: 2006

Print ISBN-13: 9780198208563

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: September 2007

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198208563.001.0001

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Codification, Constitutional Law, and Republicanism

Codification, Constitutional Law, and Republicanism

(p.221) 9 Codification, Constitutional Law, and Republicanism
Utility and Democracy

Philip Schofield (Contributor Webpage)

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Bentham’s writings on parliamentary reform had always assumed the continuing existence of the monarch and the House of Lords. It was probably in 1818 that Bentham committed himself to republicanism, by which he meant a representative democracy which did not include a monarchy or an aristocracy. This development in his thought was related to his attempts to persuade a government to employ him to prepare a code of laws. He came to the view that only a representative democracy would be prepared to introduce a rationalized and all-comprehensive body of law.

Keywords:   republicanism, democracy, monarchy, aristocracy, codification, constitutional law, sovereignty

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