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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No other select committee has any comparable power ; and considering how
carefully we have fettered and limited the powers of all other subordinate
authorities , our allowing so much discretionary power on matters peculiarly
dangerous and ...
... sense and practicality too . The House of Lords must deal with the assent to
treaties as they do with the assent to laws ; they must defer to the e voice of the
country and the authority of the xlviii INTRODUCTION TO THE SECOND
e voice of the country and the authority of the Commons even in cases where
their own judgment might guide them otherwise . In very vital treaties probably ,
being Englishmen , they would be of the same mind as the rest of Englishmen .
No one can any longer doubt the possibility of a republic in which the Executive
and the Legislative authorities were united and fixed ; no one can assert such
union to be the incommunicable attribute of a Constitutional Monarchy .
Now that the suffrage is universal , the average intellect and the average culture
of the constituent bodies are excessively low ; and even such mind and culture as
there is has long been enslaved to authority : the French peasant cares more ...
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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