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CONSIDERATIONS

ON

REPRESENTATIVE GOVERNMENT

CONSIDERATIONS

ON

REPRESENTATIVE GOVERNMENT

BT

JOHN STUART MILL.

LONDON

PARKER, SON, AND BOURN, WEST STRAND.

MDCCCLJI.

Library
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HARVARD UNIVERSITY
LIBRARY

FEB 1 21982

LONDON:

SAVILl AND EDWARDS, PRINTERS, CIIANDOS STREET,
COVENT GARDEN.

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PREFACE.

THOSE who have done me the honour of reading my previous writings, will probably receive no strong impression of novelty from the present volume; for the principles are those to which I have been working up during the greater part of my life, and most of the practical suggestions have been anticipated by others or by myself. There is novelty, however, in the fact of bringing them together, and exhibiting them in their connexion; and also, I believe, in much that is brought forward in their support.' Several of the opinions at all events, if not new, are for the present as little likely to meet with general acceptance as if they were.

It seems to me, however, from various indications, and from none more than the recent debates on Reform of Parliament, that both Conservatives and Liberals (if I may continue to call them what they still call themselves) have lost confidence in the political creeds which they nominally profess, while neither side appears to have made any progress in providing

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