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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... of functions which philosophers had suggested on paper , but which they had
hardly hoped to see except on paper . Secondly , it is insisted that the peculiar
excellence of the British Constitution lies in a balanced union of three powers .
The House of Lords still exercises several useful functions ; but the ruling
influence — the deciding facultyhas passed to what , using the language of old
times , we still call the lower house — to an assembly which , though inferior as a
In its origin it belongs to the one , in its functions it belongs to the other . . The
most curious point about the cabinet is that so very little is known about it . The
meetings are not only secret in theory , but secret in reality . By the present
This is the most graphic story of a cabinet I ever heard , but I cannot vouch for its
truth . Lord Melbourne ' s is a character about which men make stories . This
fusion of the legislative and executive functions may , THE CABINET . 15.
This fusion of the legislative and executive functions may , to those who have not
much considered it , seem but a dry and small matter to be the latent essence
and effectual secret of the English Constitution ; but we can only judge of its real ...
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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