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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... the public lead them . No doubt when statesmen live by public favour , as ours
do , this is a hard saying , and it requires to be carefully limited . I do not mean
that our statesmen should assume a pedantic and doctrinaire tone with the
As I have endeavoured in this book to explain , the literary theory of the English
Constitution is on this point quite wrong as usual . According to that theory , the
two Houses are two branches of the Legislature , perfectly equal and perfectly ...
... the state , and to rival , if not conquer , the House of Commons , where the
standard of intelligence is not much above the common English en average . But
in the present English world such xxxiv INTRODUCTION TO THE SECOND
But in the present English world such a House of Lords would soon lose all
influence . People would say , “ it was too clever by half , ” and in an Englishman '
s mouth that means a very severe censure . The English people would think it ...
No English majority dare vote for an exceedingly bad treaty ; it would rather
desert its own leader than ensure its own ruin . And an English minority ,
inheriting a long experience of Parliamentary affairs , would not be exceedingly
ready to ...
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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