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 the revolution is powerful enough and eager enough to make an immense
number of life peers , probably it will sweep away the hereditary principle in the
Upper Chamber entirely . Of course one may fancy it to be otherwise ; we may ...
I confess that I should see no advantage in it if our two Chambers were
sufficiently homogeneous and sufficiently harmonious . On the contrary , if those
two Chambers were as they ought to be , I should believe it to be a great defect .
... of the Chamber , is M . Thiers guided as a similar person in common
circumstances would have to be guided . He is the exception of a moment ; he is
not the example of a lasting condition . For these reasons , though we may use
the present ...
A legislative chamber is greedy and covetous ; it acquires as much , it concedes
as little as possible . The passions of its members are its rulers ; the law - making
faculty , the most comprehensive of the imperial faculties , is its instrument ; it will
The names of levée and drawing - room still sustain the memory of the time when
the king ' s bed - chamber and the queen ' s “ withdrawing room ” were the
centres of London life , but they no longer make a part of social enjoyment : they
are a ...
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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