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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They were not influenced by ideas , but by facts ; not by things palpable , but by
things impalpable . Not to put too fine a point upon it , they were influenced by
rank and wealth . No doubt the better sort of them believed that those who were ...
... superior ideas ; or rather — for the conceptions of such people are more
personal than abstract — between two opposing parties , each professing a
creed of such ideas . But they could do no more . Their own notions , if they had
been cross ...
It was natural — perhaps inevitable — that such an undergrowth of irrelevant
ideas should gather round the British Constitution . Language is the tradition of
nations ; each generation describes what it sees , but it uses words transmitted
The elements which excite the most easy reverence will be the theatrical
elements — those which appeal to the senses , which claim to be embodiments
of the greatest human ideas , which boast in some cases of far more than human
The leading statesmen under the system of cabinet government are not only
household words , but household ideas . A conception , not , perhaps , in all
respects a true but a most vivid conception , what Mr. Gladstone is like , or what
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LibraryThing ReviewUser Review - Paul_S - LibraryThing
Politics have not changed much since the 19th century. The main difference is that now elites hide their fear and contempt of the lower class. My insecurities aside, insightful essays that remain relevant. Read full review
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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