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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On the contrary , if those two Chambers were as they ought to be , I should
believe it to be a great defect . If the Administration had in both Houses a majority
-- not a mechanical majority ready to accept anything , but a fair and reasonable
... but really the Prime Minister , has the power of dissolving the Assembly . But M.
Thiers has no such power ; and therefore , under ordinary circumstances , I
believe , the policy would soon become unmanageable . The result would be , as
They will say she rules by “ God's grace ; " they believe that they have a mystic
obligation to obey her . When her family came to the Crown it was a sort of
treason to maintain the inalienable right of lineal sovereignty , for it was
equivalent to ...
But it would be a great mistake to believe that at the accession of George III . the
instinctive sentiment of hereditary loyalty at once became as useful as now . It
began to be powerful , but it hardly began to be useful . There was so much harm
readers ; they , by irresistible sequence and association , believe that those
people who constantly figure in the papers are cleverer , abler , or at any rate ,
somehow higher , than other people . “ I wrote books , " we heard of a man saying
, “ for ...
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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
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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