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 difficulty is that the object is in constant change . An historical writer does not
feel this difficulty : he deals only with the past ; he can say definitely , the
Constitution worked in such and such a manner in the year at which he begins ,
and in a ...
... such and for their own objects , is an evil of the first magnitude ; that a
permanent combination of them would make them ( now that so many of them
have the suffrage ) supreme in the country ; and that their supremacy , in the state
they now ...
My great object was to contrast the office of President as an executive officer and
to compare it with that of a Prime Minister ; and I devoted much space to showing
that in one principal respect the English system is by far the best . The English ...
... so call them ; and next , the efficient parts — those by which it , in fact , works
and rules . There are two great objects which every constitution must attain to be
successful , which every old and celebrated one must have wonderfully achieved
Before the rebellion in America , owing to the vast distance of other states , and
the favourable economical condition of the country , there were very few
considerable objects of contention ; but if that government had been tried by the
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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