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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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Utilitarianism and Bureaucracy

Utilitarianism and Bureaucracy

The Views of J. S. Mill

(p.326) 16 Utilitarianism and Bureaucracy
The Making of Modern Liberalism

Alan Ryan

Princeton University Press

This chapter examines John Stuart Mill's views on utilitarianism and bureaucracy, with particular emphasis on those dilemmas about administration that we can see in his writings. It first offers some remarks about the case of nineteenth-century administrative reform, and more specifically the extent to which we explain the changes in the organization, recruitment, and functions of the English bureaucracy as a result of deliberate planning by ideologically sophisticated reformers. It then analyzes Mill's views on the civil service—its role, its mode of recruitment, and so on—in order to assemble a tolerably clear picture of the kinds of difficulty that confront the utilitarian theorist of politics. It suggests that Mill's arguments show us how utilitarian theories could be strengthened and weakened by influences from such unlikely sources as Samuel Taylor Coleridge's romantic conservatism and the continental liberalism of Wilhelm von Humboldt and Alexis de Tocqueville.

Keywords:   bureaucracy, John Stuart Mill, utilitarianism, administration, administrative reform, civil service, Samuel Taylor Coleridge, romantic conservatism, liberalism, Alexis de Tocqueville

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