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Proposal and Contract I

Janet Semple

in Bentham's Prison

Published in print July 1993 | ISBN: 9780198273875
Published online October 2011 | e-ISBN: 9780191684074 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198273875.003.0006
Proposal and Contract I

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This chapter discusses the proposal and contract for the panopticon that was sent by Jeremy Bentham for approval to the English government. The draft contained in Bentham's Letters was altered in several material ways, which may have contributed to his protracted negotiations with the administration of Prime Minister William Pitt. The document was condensed in a printed Proposal and then cast into legal form in the draft contract. The chapter examines the principles behind the panopticon scheme, provides a description of the structure and Bentham's principles of prison management.

Keywords: panopticon; Jeremy Bentham; William Pitt; prison management; proposals; government contract

Chapter.  8541 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Political Theory

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