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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According to that theory , the two Houses are two branches of the Legislature ,
perfectly equal and perfectly distinct . But before the Act of 1832 they were not so
distinct ; there was a very large and a very strong common element . By their ...
... that the Government has already done something , and that it is for the one part
of the Legislature alone — for the House of Commons , and not for the House of
Lords — to say whether they have or have not forfeited their place by the treaty ...
The majority of the Legislature being well disposed to the Government , would
not “ find ” against it except it had really committed some big and plain mistake . .
But if the Government had made such a mistake , certainly the majority of the ...
Nothing could be so conclusive against the American Constitution , as a
Constitution , as that incident . A hostile legislature and a hostile executive were
so tied together , that the legislature tried INTRODUCTION TO THE SECOND
EDITION . lvii.
executive were so tied together , that the legislature tried , and tried in vain , to rid
itself of the executive by accusing it of illegal practices . The legislature was so
afraid of the President ' s legal power , that it unfairly accused him of acting ...
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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