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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Generally one generation in politics succeeds another almost silently ; at every
moment men of all ages between thirty and seventy have considerable influence
; each year removes many old men , makes all others older , brings in many new .
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 ...
By their commanding influence in many boroughs and counties the Lords
nominated a considerable part of the Commons ; the majority of the other part
were the richer gentry — men in most respects like the Lords , and sympathising
with the ...
Lord Palmerston , Lord Russell , Lord Derby , died or else lost their influence
within a year or two of 1867 . The complete consequences of the Act of 1832
upon the House of Lords could not be seen while the Commons were subject to
Certain individual peers have , from their great possessions , great electioneering
influence , but , as a whole , the House of Peers is not a principal electioneering
force . It has so many poor men inside it , and so many rich men outside it , that ...
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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