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
This difficulty has been constantly in my way in preparing a second edition of this
book . 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 ...
There is a peculiar difficulty in answering this question . Generally , the debates
upon the passing of an Act contain much valuable instruction as to what may be
expected of it . But the debates on the Reform Act of 1867 hardly tell anything .
He met the half difficulty ; we have to surmount the whole one . We have to frame
such tacit rules , to establish such ruling but unenacted customs , as will make the
House of Lords yield to the Commons when and as often as our new ...
The support of the Lords is an aid and a luxury ; that of the Commons is a strict
and indispensable necessary . These difficulties are particularly raised by
questions of foreign policy . On most domestic subjects , either custom or
legislation have ...
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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