The poverty of Britain's circumstances led it towards acquiring a wealth of institutions. This wealth of institutions provided Britain with a combination of political stability and socioeconomic dynamism. The British civil service, then, is an extension of the will of the cabinet and during the 1800s gained actual autonomy. Britain's central bureaucracy played a critical role in the post-war planning process. At the heart of the pragmatism and gradualism that characterizes Britain's political system in the 1800s and early 1900s was willingness on part of the elite to share power and concede popular demands before they assumed desperate and violent proportions. The orientalization of the Roman culture of power was quite advanced by the time Britain was annexed and brought under imperial administration. The state of laws that emerged in 1689 was no longer in danger of dissolution by the executive and the emergence of political parties added an internal check on the ability of Parliament.