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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It is not really tested till it comes to be worked by statesmen and among a people
neither of whom are guided by a different experience . In one respect we are
indeed particularly likely to be mistaken as to the effect of the last Reform Bill .
Nor does the experience of the last election much help us . 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
And an English minority , inheriting a long experience of Parliamentary affairs ,
would not be exceedingly ready to reject a treaty made with a foreign
Government . The leaders of an English Opposition are very conversant with the
In this essay I have made many remarks on the American constitution , in
comparison with the English ; and as to the American constitution we have had a
whole world of experience since I first wrote . My great object was to contrast the
And three of these cases are illustrated by recent American experience . First , as
Mr . Goldwin Smith - no unfavourable judge of anything American - justly said
some years since , the capital error made by the United States Government was ...
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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