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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Altogether the Liberals , or at least the extreme Liberals , were much like a man
who has been pushing hard against an opposing door till , on a sudden , the door
opens , the resistance ceases , and he is thrown violently forward . Persons in ...
... in the nature of the curious influence of rank to work much more on men singly
than on men collectively ; it is an influence which most men -- at least most
Englishmen - feel very much , but of which most Englishmen are somewhat
... their wealth and their titles , to sit in the Commons . It would probably sweep all
titles before it-at least all legal titles — and somehow or other it would break up
the curious system by which the estates of great families all go to the eldest son .
There are often seeming objections which are not real objections , at least , which
are , in the particular cases , outweighed by counterconsiderations ; and these “
independent members ” having no real responsibility , not being likely to be hurt ...
... Parliamentary Republic , of a Republic where Parliament appoints the Minister
, is made in a nation which has , to say the least of it , no peculiar aptitude for
Parliamentary Government ; which has possibly a peculiar inaptitude for it .
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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