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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... that the mass of the “ ten - pound ” householders did not really form their own
opinions , and did not exact of their representatives an obedience to those
opinions ; that they were in fact guided in their judgment by the better educated
No doubt countries can be imagined in which the mass of the electors would be
thoroughly competent to form good opinions ; approximations to that state happily
exist . But such was not the state of the minor English shopkeepers . They were ...
I cannot expect that the new class of voters will be at all more able to form sound
opinions on complex questions than the old voters . There was indeed an idea - -
a very prevalent idea when the first edition of this book was published — that ...
I answer that the House of Lords must yield whenever the opinion of the
Commons is also the opinion of the nation , and when it is clear that the nation
has made up its mind . Whether or not the nation has made up its mind is a
question to be ...
Majorities may be either genuine or fictitious , and if they are not genuine , if they
do not embody the opinion of the representative as well as the opinion of the
constituency , no one would wish to have any attention paid to them . But if 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