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 nation indeed generally looks to the discussions in Parliament to enlighten it
as to the effect of Bills . But in this case neither party , as a party , could speak out
. Many , perhaps most of the intelligent Conservatives , were fearful of the ...
The thing looks like injustice , and in a time of popular passion it would not stand .
Much short of the compulsory equal division of the Code Napoleon , stringent
clauses might be provided to obstruct and prevent these great aggregations of ...
I cannot look on life peerages in the way in which some of their strongest
advocates regard them ; I cannot think of them as a mode in which a permanent
opposition or a contrast between the Houses of Lords and Commons is to be
Every Minister looks long before he incurs that penalty , and no one incurs it
wantonly . But , nevertheless , there are two defects in it . The first is that it may
not be a remedy at all ; it may be only a punishment . A Minister may risk his
No doubt it may be beneficial ; many seeming anomalies are so , but at first sight
it does not look right . I confess that I should see no advantage in it if our two
Chambers were sufficiently homogeneous and sufficiently harmonious . On the ...
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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