Thoughts on the Cause of the Present Discontents
"Thoughts on the Cause of the Present Discontents" is an essay written by Edmund Burke, an 18th-century political theorist and philosopher. The subject is the nepotism of King George III and the influence of the Court on the House of Commons of Great Britain. The essay was influential in defining political parties and their roles within government. As Burke wrote, parties are "bod[ies] of men united for promoting by their joint endeavours the national interest upon some particular principle in which they are all agreed".
- Ian Ousby (23 February 1996). The Cambridge Paperback Guide to Literature in English. Cambridge University Press. p. 59. ISBN 978-0-521-43627-4. Retrieved 12 August 2012.
- Susan E. Scarrow (4 October 2002). Perspectives on Political Parties: Classic Readings. Palgrave Macmillan. p. 37. ISBN 978-0-312-29523-3. Retrieved 12 August 2012.
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