The Final Failure

Janet Semple

in Bentham's Prison

Published in print July 1993 | ISBN: 9780198273875
Published online October 2011 | e-ISBN: 9780191684074 | DOI:
The Final Failure

Show Summary Details


This chapter discusses the final failure of Jeremy Bentham's proposed construction of the panopticon prison. In 1803, Prime Minister Henry Addington refused to fund the building of the panopticon and ten years later, as Home Secretary and Viscount Sidmouth, he finally rejected the scheme. The rejection of the panopticon during 1810 to 1813 was an important turning point in the development of penal ideology and architecture. The chapter explains the reasons why the panopticon failed, how the media and the political nation responded to it, and what reasons were adduced for its rejection. It also tells the story of Bentham's final battles with the politicians and civil servants.

Keywords: panopticon; Jeremy Bentham; Henry Addington; penal architecture; prison

Chapter.  11240 words. 

Subjects: Political Theory

Full text: subscription required

How to subscribe Recommend to my Librarian

Buy this work at Oxford University Press »

Users without a subscription are not able to see the full content. Please, subscribe or login to access all content.