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 he were taken away , it would be most difficult to make any other choice , and
that difficulty keeps him where he is . At every crisis the Assembly feels that after
M . Thiers “ the deluge , " and he lives upon that feeling . A change of the
though legally simple , is in practice all but impossible ; because all know that
such a change might be a change , not only of the President , but of much more
too : that very probably it might be a change of the polity — that it might bring in a
My great object was to contrast the office of President as an executive officer and
to compare it with that of a Prime Minister ; and I devoted much space to showing
that in one principal respect the English system is by far the best . The English ...
The President and the Assembly , so far from being ( as it is essential to good
government that they should be ) on terms of close union , were not on terms of
common courtesy . So far from being capable of a continuous and concerted co ...
The legislature was so afraid of the President ' s legal power , that it unfairly
accused him of acting beyond the law . And the blame thus cast on the American
Constitution is so much praise to be given to the American political character .
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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