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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And thus Englishmen easily find themselves committed to anti - aristocratic
sentiments which are the direct opposite of their real feeling , and their collective
action may be bitterly hostile to rank INTRODUCTION TO THE SECOND
... foreign country — and the feelings of that country are to be considered as well
as our own . And that foreign country will , probably , in the present state of the
world be a despotic one , where INTRODUCTION TO THE SECOND EDITION .
All important laws affect large “ vested interests ; ” they touch great sources of
political strength ; and these great interests require to be treated as delicately ,
and with as nice a manipulation of language , as the feelings of any foreign
The worst families are those in which the members never really speak their minds
to one another ; they maintain an atmosphere of unreality , and everyone always
lives in an atmosphere of suppressed ill - feeling . It is the same with nations .
... for on these internal and organic questions the interest and the feeling of the
Peers is often presumably opposed to that of other classes — they may be
anxious not to relinquish the very power which other classes are anxious to
acquire ; but ...
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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