First published in 1991, this book attempts to deal with Mill’s thought as a coherent system and tie some elements of his thoughts together. It seeks to show that he developed a set of ethical principles to underlie government intervention and provide a theory as to how it should intervene — which he then applied to practical politics. The first chapters deal with Mill’s doctrine of improvement and what impact the improvement of man has on the social organisation of society. The third chapter deals with Mill’s theory of economic development. The second part of the book deals with policy issues such as the question of the optimal constitution and Mill’s policy proposals for England.
Introduction; 1 The Doctrine of the Improvement of Man; 1.1 Introduction 1.2 The Improvement of Man 1.3 The Social Conditions of Improvement 1.4 The Role of Government 1.5 Determinism 1.6 Conclusion; 2 The Future of Society: Socialism; 2.1 Introduction 2.2 The Critique of Capitalism and the Socialist Answer 2.3 Mill’s Assessment of the Socialists 2.4 Mill’s Utopia 2.5 Conclusion; 3 The Theory of Economic Progress; 3.1 Introduction 3.2 The Explanation of Economic Growth 3.3 The Laws of Economic Development 3.4 The Role of the government in Economic Development 3.5 The Case for Economic Growth 3.6 Conclusion; 4 The Policy of Progress in England: The Constitution; 4.1 Introduction 4.2 The Young Mill 4.3 The Change of Mind 4.4 The Doctrine of the Balance of Power 4.5 The Institutional Safeguards 4.6 The "old" Mill 4.7 Summary and Conclusion; 5 Good Government; 5.1 Introduction 5.2 Property 5.2.1 Introduction: The Theory of Property 5.2.2. Landed Property 5.2.3. Taxation 5.3 The Regulation of Trade and Industry 5.3.1 Regulation of Monopolies 5.3.2 Factory Legislation 5.4 Towards Deregulation 5.4.1 Liberalisation of the Laws of Partnership 5.4.2. Towards Free Trade 5.5 Education 5.6 Trade Unions 5.7 Poor Law Reforms 5.8 Emigration 5.9 Conclusion; Conclusion; Appendices; Appendices to Chapter 4 Appendices to Chapter 5; Bibliography