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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Even the minority could only be described as anti - Gladstone , just as the
majority could only be described as pro - Gladstone . The remains , too , of the
old electoral organization were exceedingly powerful ; the old voters voted as
they had ...
By their commanding influence in many boroughs and counties the Lords
nominated a considerable part of the Commons ; the majority of the other part
were the richer gentry - men in most respects like the Lords , and sympathising
with the ...
Englishmen are so very miscellaneous , that that which has really convinced a
great and varied majority of them for the present may fairly be assumed to be
likely to continue permanently to convince them . One sort might easily fall into a
mate rule , that the House of Lords ought , on a first - class subject , to be slow -
very slow - in rejecting a Bill passed even once by a large majority of the House
of Commons . I would not of course lay this down as an unvarying rule : as I have
And this is precisely the effect of a division between Lords and Commons . The
two great bodies of the educated rich go to the constituencies to decide between
them , and the majority of the constituencies now consist of the uneducated poor .
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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