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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No . VIII . THE PRE - REQUISITES OF CABINET GOVERNMENT , AND THE
PECULIAR FORM WHICH THEY IAVE ASSUMED IN ENGLAND . 254 No . IX . Irs
HISTORY , AND THE EFFECTS OF THAT HISTORY . - ConCLUSION .
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
other change , or even without any change , the instant effect of the settlement
would still have been immense . New questions would have appeared at once . A
political country is like an American forest : you have only to cut down the old ...
The Bill was supported by the Times and opposed by Mr . Bright ; and therefore
the mass of the Conservatives and of common moderate people , without
distinction of party , had no conception of the effect . They said it was 6 London
effect . They said it was 6 London nonsense ” if you tried to explain it to them .
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
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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