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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THERE is a great difficulty in the way of a writer who attempts to sketch a living
Constitution - a Constitution that is in actual work and power . The difficulty is that
the object is in constant change . An historical writer does not feel this difficulty ...
It describes the English Constitution as it stood in the years 1865 and 1866.
Roughly speaking , it describes its working as it was in the time of Lord
Palmerston ; and since that time there have been many changes , some of spirit
and some of ...
I proceed to speak of the changes which have taken place either in the
Constitution itself or in the competing institutions which illustrate it . It is too soon
as yet to attempt to estimate the effect of the Reform Act of 1867. The people
As I have endeavoured in this book to explain , the literary theory of the English
Constitution is on this point quite wrong as usual . According to that theory , the
two Houses are two branches of the Legislature , perfectly equal and perfectly ...
This is all which I think I need say on the domestic events which have changed ,
or suggested changes , in the English Constitution since this book was written .
But there are also some foreign events which have illustrated it , and of these I ...
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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
LibraryThing ReviewUser Review - patito-de-hule - LibraryThing
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