Abstract

In the late eighteenth century a series of English authors wrote on the subject of “police.” Their aim in these works was generally to advocate structural reform of the existing institutions of civil government, particularly focused around the introduction of regularity, uniformity and subordination into their operation. These disciplinary mechanisms would act as instruments for the production of virtue, encouraging industriousness and preventing vice by reducing the temptations of the commercial, urban environment and beginning a moral reformation in the people. This represents an institutional solution to the ancient problems of vice and corruption, establishing the conditions for national liberty.

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Additional Information

ISSN
1086-3222
Print ISSN
0022-5037
Pages
pp. 583-604
Launched on MUSE
2008-11-01
Open Access
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