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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The best plan in such a case is , I think , to keep the original sketch in all
essentials as it was at first written , and to describe shortly such changes either in
the Constitution itself , or in the Constitutions compared with it , as seem material .
For the sake of keeping the headship of the plutocracy , and through that of the
nation , they should not offend the ... bottom of They should give large donations
out of income , if : by so doing they keep , as they would keep , their capital intact .
It has enabled the Government to obtain and to keep a vast surplus of revenue
over expenditure . Even before the civil war it did this from 1837 to 1857 . Mr.
Wells tells us that , strange as it may seem , “ There was not a single year in
which the ...
Walter Bagehot. No one who knows anything of the working of Parliamentary
Government , will for a moment imagine that any Parliament would have allowed
any executive to keep a surplus of this magnitude . In England , after the French
The legislature chosen , in name , to make laws , in fact finds its principal
business in making and in keeping an executive . The leading minister so
selected has to choose his associates , but he only chooses among a charmed
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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