The English Constitution
A classic study of the British constitution, paying special attention to how Parliament and the monarchy work. The author frequently draws comparisons with the American Constitution, being generally critical of the American system of government.
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... is primÔ facie ludicrous . In the older forms of the English Constitution , this may
have been quite right ; the power was then really lodged in the Crown , and
because Parliament met very seldom , and for other reasons , it was then
A century ago the Crown had a real choice of ministers , though it had no longer
a choice in policy . During the long reign of Sir R . Walpole he was obliged not
only to manage parliament , but to manage the palace . He was obliged to take ...
The prime minister is at the head of the efficient part . The Crown is , according to
the saying , the “ fountain of honour ; " but the Treasury is the spring of business .
Nevertheless , our first magistrate differs from the American . He is not elected ...
... it was in the Stuart king to whom the crown had come by descent , and not in
the Revolution king to whom it had come by vote of Parliament . All through the
reign of William III . there was ( in common speech ) one king whom man had
According to the Act of Settlement passed by the Whigs , the crown was settled
on the descendants of the “ Princess Sophia ” of Hanover , a younger daughter of
a daughter of James I . There were before her James II . , his son ...
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Walter Bagehot was editor of the Economist and his name is still on the weekly page about England. This book describes the English Constitution and compares it favorably with the United States Constitution. Read full review