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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Many , perhaps most of the intelligent Conservatives , were fearful of the
consequences of the proposal ; but as it was made by the heads of their own
party , they did not like to oppose it , and the discipline of party carried them with it
. On the ...
This cannot be for the advantage of anyone . . In doing so besides the aristocracy
forfeit their natural position — that by which they would gain most power , and in
which they would do most good . They ought to be the heads of the plutocracy .
But the responsible heads of the party who may have to decide similar things , or
even the same things , themselves will not permit it . They refuse , out of interest
as well as out of patriotism , to engage the country in a permanent foreign scrape
... popular idea only the Emperor ' s agent ; and even had it been otherwise , M .
Rouher , the one great man of Imperialism , could not have been selected as a
head of the Government , at a momeut of the greatest reaction against the Empire
He is not , he boasts that he is not , the head of a party . On the contrary , being
the one person essential to all parties , he selects Ministers from all parties , he
constructs a cabinet in which no one Minister agrees with any other in anything ...
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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