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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... several ruling directors who are about the same age live on for many years ,
manage the company all through those years , and then go off the scene almost
together . In that case the affairs of viii INTRODUCTION TO THE SECOND
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 ...
But the world in which we live is organised far otherwise . The most strange fact ,
though the most certain in nature , is the unequal development of the human race
. If we look back to the early ages of mankind , such as we seem in the faint ...
constitution to the whole constitution , that a great many people will imagine it to
be impossible that a nation should thrive or even live with only these two simple
elements . But it is upon that possibility that the general imitability of the English ...
... and the aristocracy have less , perhaps , of that impetus than the middle
classes . Society is too correct and dull to be an occupation , as in other times
and ages it has been . The aristocracy live in 112 THE ENGLISH CONSTITUTION
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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