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The Making of Modern Liberalism$
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Alan Ryan

Print publication date: 2012

Print ISBN-13: 9780691148403

Published to Princeton Scholarship Online: October 2017

DOI: 10.23943/princeton/9780691148403.001.0001

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Bureaucracy, Democracy, Liberty

Bureaucracy, Democracy, Liberty

Some Unanswered Questions in Mill’s Politics

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The Making of Modern Liberalism
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Alan Ryan

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Princeton University Press
DOI:10.23943/princeton/9780691148403.003.0019

This chapter examines some unanswered questions in John Stuart Mill's politics, especially with regards to bureaucracy, democracy, and liberty. These questions relate to what Mill thought about the bearing of the way India was governed on the way the United Kingdom should be governed; about the extent to which he had grown out of the anxiety about moral authority that permeated his essay “The Spirit of the Age”; and about the extent to which he felt that he had achieved a stable balance between a utilitarian concern with benevolent management and an “Athenian” concern with the self-assertive, self-critical, engaged, public-spirited, but independent-minded citizen. The chapter first considers Mill's views on the government of India and their implications for his ideas about empire, progress, and pluralism before discussing the issue of authority, along with his arguments in On Liberty.

Keywords:   bureaucracy, John Stuart Mill, democracy, liberty, India, moral authority, empire, progress, pluralism, On Liberty

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