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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... by side in his representations things which never were contemporaneous in
reality . The difficulty is the greater because a writer who deals with a living
government naturally compares it with the most important other living
governments , I II.
compares it with the most important other living governments , and these are
changing too ; what he illustrates are altered in one way , and his sources of
illustration are altered probably in a different way . This difficulty has been
constantly in ...
Of course I am not arguing that so important an innovation as the Reform Act of
1867 will not have very great effects . It must , in all likelihood , have many great
ones . I am only saying that as yet we do not know what those effects are ; that the
And the mode in which the questions dealt with are discussed is almost as
important as the selection of these questions . It is for our principal statesmen to
lead the public , and not to let the public lead them . No doubt when statesmen
live by ...
A statesman ought to show his own nature , and talk in a palpable way what is to
him important truth . And so he will both guide and benefit the nation . But if ,
especially at a time when great ignorance has an unusual power in public affairs
, he ...
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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
LibraryThing ReviewUser Review - patito-de-hule - LibraryThing
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