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 MONARCHY ( Continued ) . . . . . . . . 57 No . IV . . . THE HOUSE OF LORDS .
. . . . . No . V . THE HOUSE OF COMMONS . . . . . . . 130 No . VI . ON CHANGES
OF MINISTRY . . . . . . . 170 No . VII . PAGE . 219 ITS SUPPOSED CHECKS A 2.
Such a Minister would , in our technical law , be said to have levied , or aided to
levy , “ war against the Queen . ” This counsel to her so to use her prerogative
would by the Judge be declared to be an act of violence against herself , and in
change of Ministry . And in general this works very well . 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 ...
... it is in the Prime Minister and in the Cabinet — that is in the hands of a
committee appointed by Parliament , and of the chairman of that committee . Now
, beforehand , no one would INTRODUCTION TO THE SECOND EDITION . xxxix.
We should have a manlier and plainer way of dealing with foreign policy , if
Ministers were obliged to explain clearly their foreign contracts before they were
valid , just as they have to explain their domestic proposals before they can
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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