He became a leading theorist in Anglo-American philosophy of law, and a political radical. Much of Bentham's work was thus directed to writing codes, or simple coherent and understandable bodies of laws. Codes drawn up by him were adopted in whole or in part by France, Germany, Greece, Spain, Portugal, India, Australia, Canada, other countries of Europe and South America, and several states of the United States. Realizing that to make democracy work, and to further the individual's efforts to attain both private and social good, education and information must be widespread, Bentham was instrumental in founding the University of London and in improving the school system. He also did much to inaugurate civil service, improve governmental mechanics, provide efficient law courts, institute a police force, and support other changes to such an extent that Sir Henry Maine remarked: "I do not know a single law reform effected since Bentham's day which cannot be traced to his influence."
Party affiliation: Tory Party