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 doubt countries can be imagined in which the mass of the electors would be
thoroughly competent to form good opinions ; approximations to that state happily
exist . But such was not the state of the minor English shopkeepers . They were ...
qualities in our statesmen , which will just as much exist if we change our practice
. It certainly would be in many ways advantageous to change it . If we require that
in some form the assent of Parliament shall be given to such treaties , we ...
Accordingly , it is believed that the principal characteristics of the English
Constitution are inapplicable in countries where the materials for a monarchy or
an aristocracy do not exist . That constitution is conceived to be the best
imaginable use ...
... the palpable differences of the various parts , will be a theory radically false ,
because it has omitted a capital reality — will be a theory essentially misleading ,
because it will lead men to expect what does not exist , and not to anticipate that
It is worth observing that even during the short existence of the Confederate
Government these evils distinctly showed themselves . Almost the last incident at
the Richmond Congress was an angry financial correspondence with Jefferson ...
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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