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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The issue put before these electors was which of two rich people will you choose
? And each of those rich people was put forward by great parties whose notions
were the notions of the rich - whose plans were their plans . The electors only ...
I do not of course mean that statesmen can choose with absolute freedom what
topics they will deal with , and what they will not . I am , of course , aware that they
choose under stringent conditions . In excited states of the public mind they have
But if , especially at a time when great ignorance has an unusual power in public
affairs , he chooses to accept and reiterate the decisions of that ignorance , he is .
only the hireling of the nation , and does little save hurt it . I shall be told that ...
... Government by the Carlton , or on a Tory Government by the Reform Club .
And in no case has an adverse vote by the Lords the same decisive effect as a
vote of the Commons ; the Lower House is the ruling and the choosing House ,
and if ...
With an Assembly in this temper , real discussion is impossible , and
Parliamentary Government is impossible too , because the Parliament can
neither choose men nor measures . The French assemblies under the Restored
Monarchy seem to ...
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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