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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I cannot expect that the new class of voters will be at all more able to form sound
opinions on complex questions than the old voters . There was indeed an idea ---
a very prevalent idea when the first edition of this book was published - that ...
Nor , on the other hand , can I sympathise with the objection to life peerages
which some of the Radical party take and feel . They think it will strengthen the
Lords , b and so make them better able to oppose the Commons
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and so make them better able to oppose the Commons ; they think , if they do not
say , “ The House of Lords is our enemy and that of all Liberals ; happily the mass
of it is not intellectual ; a few clever men are born there which we cannot help ...
Now , beforehand , no one would have ventured to suggest that a committee of
Parliament on Foreign relations should be able to commit the country to the
greatest international obligations without consulting either Parliament or the
Of the chiefs before the twenty years ' silence , of the eminent men known to be
able to handle Parliaments and to govern Parliaments , M. Thiers was the only
one still physically able to begin again to do so . The miracle is , that at seventy ...
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LibraryThing ReviewUser Review - Paul_S - LibraryThing
Politics have not changed much since the 19th century. The main difference is that now elites hide their fear and contempt of the lower class. My insecurities aside, insightful essays that remain relevant. Read full review
LibraryThing ReviewUser Review - patito-de-hule - LibraryThing
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