Principles of Politics Applicable to All Governments

By Benjamin Constant
Translated by Dennis O’Keeffe
Edited by Etienne Hofmann
Introduction by Nicholas Capaldi


In Principles of Politics, first published in 1815, Constant explores the subjects of law, sovereignty, and representation; power and accountability; government, property, and taxation; wealth and poverty; war, peace, and the maintenance of public order; and freedom, of the individual, of the press, and of religion.

Benjamin Constant (1767–1830), born in Switzerland, became one of France’s leading writers, as well as a journalist, philosopher, and politician.


Oct 2003 | 6 x 9 | 580 Pages

Translator's note, introduction, index.


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