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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If a hundred small shopkeepers had by miracle been added to any of the ' 32
Parliaments , they would have felt outcasts there . Nothing could be more unlike
those Parliaments than the average mass of the constituency from which it was ...
Throughout the history of our former Parliaments the constituency could no more
have originated the policy which those Parliaments selected than they could
have made the solar system . As I have endeavoured to show in this volume , the
But if the opinion of the nation be strong and be universal , if it be really believed
by members of Parliament , as well as by those who send them to Parliament , in
my judgment the Lords should yield at once , and should not resist it . My main ...
consulting Parliament , and it certainly has so proved , for when the Queen
abolished Purchase in the Army by an act of prerogative ( after the Lords had
rejected the bill for doing so ) , there was a great and general astonishment . But
this is ...
... 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
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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