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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Of course I am not arguing that so important an innovation as the Reform Act of
1867 will not have very great effects . It must , in all likelihood , have many great
ones . I am only saying that as yet we do not know what those effects are ; that the
I do not of course mean that the ten - pound householders were great admirers of
intellect or good judges of refinement . We all know that , for the most part , they
were not so at all : very few Englishmen are . They were not influenced by ideas ...
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
I would not of course lay this down as an unvarying rule : as I have said , I have
for practical purposes no belief in unvarying rules . Majorities may be either
genuine or fictitious , and if they are not genuine , if they do not embody the
opinion of ...
Of course there have been many countries in which certain old families , whether
rich or poor , were worshipped by whole populations with a more intense and
poetic homage ; but I doubt if there has ever been any in which all old families
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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