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 people enfranchised under it do not yet know their own power : a single
election , so far from teaching us how they will use that power , has not been
even enough to explain to them that they have such power . The Reform Act of
1832 did ...
Nor does the experience of the last election much help The circumstances were
too exceptional . In the first place , Mr. Gladstone's personal popularity was such
as has not been seen since the time of Mr. Pitt , and such as may never be seen ...
At the last election the trial of the new system hardly began , and , as far as it did
begin , it was favoured by a peculiar guidance . In the meantime our statesmen
have the greatest opportunities they have had for many years , and likewise the ...
As a theoretical writer I can venture to say , what no elected member of
Parliament , Conservative or Liberal , can venture to say , that I am exceedingly
afraid of the ignorant multitude of the new constituencies . I wish to have as great
and as ...
At an election the non - titled are much more powerful than the titled . Certain
individual peers have , from their great possessions , great electioneering
influence , but , as a whole , the House of Peers is not a principal electioneering
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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