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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According to that theory , the two Houses are two branches of the Legislature ,
perfectly equal and perfectly distinct . But before the Act of 1832 they were not so
distinct ; there was a very large and a very strong common element . By their ...
... observance from those who were their equals , perhaps their superiors , in
wealth , their equals in culture , and their inferiors only in descent and rank . The
possessors of the “ material ” distinctions of life , as a political economist would
The overt electioneering power of the Lords does not at all equal its real social
power . The English plutocracy , as is often said of something yet coarser , must
be “ humoured not drove ; " they may easily be impelled against the aristocracy ...
... it would not stand . Much short of the compulsory equal division of the Code
Napoleon , stringent clauses might be provided to obstruct and prevent these
great aggregations of property . INTRODUCTION TO THE SECOND EDITION .
Enormous customs duties are necessary , and it would be all but impossible to
impose equal excise duties even if the Americans desired it . In consequence ,
besides what the Americans pay to the Government , they are paying a great deal
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LibraryThing ReviewUser Review - Paul_S - LibraryThing
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
LibraryThing ReviewUser Review - patito-de-hule - LibraryThing
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