Considerations on Representative Government

John Stuart Mill

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Considerations on Representative Government is a book by English philosopher and economist John Stuart Mill, that was first published in 1861. In the book, Mill puts forward his argument that the best form of government is representative government - a compromise between the self-indulgent rule of the few and the rule of the masses. Of the ideas set out in the work, one of the more interesting is that it is not the business of government representatives to make legislation - rather, bodies such as parliaments could be better used as places to hold public debate on opinions that are held by the general population. Mill attempts, in the course of the book, to convert his theoretical proposals into practical suggestions and sets out how they would be applied in real-world examples.

This book has 95,091 words, 138 pages in the PDF version, and was originally published in 1861.

Production notes: This ebook of Considerations on Representative Government was published by Global Grey in 2021, and updated on the 2nd January 2024. The artwork used for the cover is 'The Terrace, 1909' by Milly Childers.

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