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 MONARCHY ( Continued ) . . . . . . . . 57 No . IV . . . THE HOUSE OF LORDS .
. . . . . No . V . THE HOUSE OF COMMONS . . . . . . . 130 No . VI . ON CHANGES
OF MINISTRY . . . . . . . 170 No . VII . PAGE . 219 ITS SUPPOSED CHECKS A 2.
... began ; it has completed the change which that Act made in the relation of the
House of Lords to the House of Commons . ... According to that theory , the two
Houses are two branches of the Legislature , perfectly equal and perfectly distinct
Considering the power and position of the titled aristocracy , you will perhaps be
astonished at the small degree in which it contributes to the active part of our
governing Assembly . The spirit of our present House of Commons is plutocratic ,
The complete consequences of the Act of 1832 upon the House of Lords could
not be seen while the Commons were subject to such aristocratic guidance .
Much of the change which might have been expected from the Act of 1832 was
held in ...
the Commons once or more , and then if the Commons send it up again and
again , infer that the nation is determined . ... It would teach the House of Lords
that it might shut its eyes to all the facts of real life , and decide simply by an
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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