Official aptitude maximized, expense minimized
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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Act of Parliament altogether Baron Barristers Bentham Bill Bowring character Chief Justice Clerks Commons Sessional Papers Constitutional Code corruption Court of Chancery Crown Defence of Economy East India Bill Edmund Burke effect employed endeavour Exchequer expense Extract fees functionary give given hand House of Commons House of Lords inaptitude Indications respecting Lord instance is—that Jeremy Bentham Judges King King's Bench labour less London Lord Chancellor marginal summary matter means Ministers necessary noble object Observations respecting Public occasion Oeconomical Reformation official person orator Parliament pasticcio pensions Pitt plea present principle profit proof proposed proposition purpose quantity question received regard remuneration rendering Report respecting Lord Eldon respecting Public Expenditure retrenchment Right Honourable Author Right Honourable Gentleman salary Secretary seen shape sinecures situation Solicitor sort supposed thing tion Tipstaff UC cxii UC xix virtue whatsoever Whig whole word