Bentham Project


Constitutional Code

Vol. I, ed. F. Rosen and J.H. Burns (Clarendon Press, Oxford, 1983), pp. xlv, 612.

Jeremy Bentham's massive, unfinished Constitutional Code is the major work of his last years and contains the most important statement of his theory of constitutional democracy. The work is appropriately addressed to `all nations and all governments professing liberal opinions', since in the course of drafting the Code he was stimulated by the hope of seeing it adopted in Portugal, Greece, and several Latin American countries.