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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PAGE INTRODUCTION TO THE SECOND EDITION . V No. I. THE CABINET . 1
No. II . THE MONARCHY 33 No. III . THE MONARCHY ( Continued ) -57 . No. IV .
THE HOUSE OF LORDS 89 No. V. THE HOUSE OF COMMONS 130 No. VI .
THE PRE - REQUISITES OF CABINET GOVERNMENT , AND THE PECULIAR
FORM WHICH THEY IAVE ASSUMED IN ENGLAND . 251 No. IX . Its HISTORY ,
AND THE EFFECTS OF THAT HISTORY . — ConCLUSION 272 .
The principal question arises most naturally from a main doctrine of these essays
. I have said that cabinet government is possible in England because England
was a deferential country . I meant that the nominal constituency was not the ...
... it is in the Prime Minister and in the Cabinet — that is in the hands of a
committee appointed by Parliament , and of the chairman of that committee . Now
, beforehand , no one would INTRODUCTION TO THE SECOND EDITION . xxxix.
On the contrary , being the one person essential to all parties , he selects
Ministers from all parties , he constructs a cabinet in which no one Minister
agrees with any other in anything , and with all the members of which he himself
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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