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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Certain individual peers have , from their great possessions , great electioneering
influence , but , as a whole , the House of Peers is not a principal electioneering
force . It has so many poor men inside it , and so many rich men outside it , that ...
... forces , whether land or sea , leave us defenceless against foreign nations .
Why do we not fear that she would do this , or any approach to it ? Because there
are two checks — one ancient and coarse , the other modern and delicate .
The whole force of the greatest inquiring machine and the greatest discussing
machine which the world has ever known would have been directed to this
subject . In a year or two the American public would have had it forced upon them
The dignified parts of government are those which bring it force — which attract
its motive power . The efficient parts only employ that power . The comely parts of
a government have need , for they are those upon which its vital strength ...
The most imposing institutions of mankind are the oldest ; and yet so changing is
the world , so fluctuating are its needs , so apt to lose inward force , though
retaining outward strength , are its best instruments , that we must not expect the
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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