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 nation indeed generally looks to the discussions in Parliament to enlighten it
as to the effect of Bills . But in this case neither party , as a party , could speak out
. Many , perhaps most of the intelligent Conservatives , were fearful of the ...
We have had no such previous discussions as should guide our expectations
from the Reform Bill , nor such as under ordinary circumstances we should have
had . Nor does the experience of the last election much help us . The
They will have suggested topics which will bind the poor as a class together ;
topics which will excite them against the rich ; topics the discussion of which in
the only form in which that discussion reaches their ear will be to make them think
And the mode in which the questions dealt with are discussed is almost as
important as the selection of these questions . It is for our principal statesmen to
lead the public , and not to let the public lead them . No doubt when statesmen
live by ...
No doubt the question cannot be easily discussed in the abstract ; much must
depend on the nature of the measures in each particular case ; on the evil they
would cause if conceded ; on the attractiveness of their idea to the working -
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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