First published in 1976, this volume offers a significant new interpretation of Mill's political thought, Mill's ambivalent attitude to democracy is carefully examined. The implications for modern democracy of Mill's views on consensus and leadership, bureaucracy and participation, equality and liberty emerge from a deep understanding of Mill's place in 19th century ideas.

Preface, A Chronology, Introductory: the Mental Crisis, I. Self-culture, the Eclectic Stance and Toryism, II. Romantic and Utilitarian, III. Science and the Authority of the Instructed, IV. Laissez-faire‚ Socialism and Future Society, V. Liberty and Individuality, VI. Government‚ Bureaucracy and Voting, Conclusion, Bibliography, Index