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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When the first edition of this book was published I had great difficulty in
persuading many people that it was possible for a non - monarchical state , for
the real chief of the practical Executive - the Premier as we should call him — to
No one can any longer doubt the possibility of a republic in which the Executive
and the Legislative authorities were united and fixed ; no one can assert such
union to be the incommunicable attribute of a Constitutional Monarchy .
The experiment of a strictly Parliamentary Republic - of a Republic where the
Parliament appoints the Executive - is being tried in France at an extreme
disadvantage , because in France a Parliament is unusually likely to be bad , and
My great object was to contrast the office of President as an executive officer and
to compare it with that of a Prime Minister ; and I devoted much space to showing
that in one principal respect the English system is by far the best . The English ...
Nothing could be so conclusive against the American Constitution , as a
Constitution , as that incident . A hostile legislature and a hostile executive were
so tied together , that the legislature tried INTRODUCTION TO THE SECOND
EDITION . lvii.
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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