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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... 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 first is the
The support of the Lords is an aid and a luxury ; that of the Commons is a strict
and indispensable necessary . These difficulties are particularly raised by
questions of foreign policy . On most domestic subjects , either custom or
legislation have ...
Most political crises — the decisive votes , which determine the fate of
Governmentare generally either on questions of foreign policy or of new laws ;
and the questions of foreign policy come out generally in this way , that the
Government has ...
Now , beforehand , no one would have ventured to suggest that a committee of
Parliament on Foreign relations should be able to commit the country to the
greatest international obligations without consulting either Parliament or the
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
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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