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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Certain individual peers have , from their great possessions , great electioneering
influence , but , as a whole , the House of Peers is not a principal electioneering
force . It has so many poor men inside it , and so many rich men outside it , that ...
In 1832 the close boroughs , which were largely held by peers , and were still
more largely supposed to be held by them , were swept away with a tumult of
delight ; and in another similar time of great excitement , the Lords themselves , if
The reply is , that the whole body of the Lords have an incalculably greater
influence over society while there is still a House of Lords , than they would have
if the House of Lords were abolished ; and that though one or two clever young
... defeated the last proposal to make life peers , Lord Derby , when leader of that
party , desired to create them . As I have given in this book what seemed to me
good reasons for making them , I need not repeat those reasons here , I need
If the revolution is powerful enough and eager enough to make an immense
number of life peers , probably it will sweep away the hereditary principle in the
Upper Chamber entirely . Of course one may fancy it to be otherwise ; we may ...
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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