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 principal question arises most naturally from a main doctrine of these essays
. I have said that cabinet government is possible in England because England
was a deferential country . I meant that the nominal constituency was not the ...
Many Radical members who had been asking for years for household suffrage
were much more surprised than pleased at the near chance of obtaining it ; they
had asked for it as bargainers ask for the highest possible price , but they never ...
... but , where it is possible , every seeming grievance too ; they must willingly
concede every claim which they can safely concede , in order that they may not
have to concede unwillingly some claim which would impair the safety of the
... what no elected member of Parliament , Conservative or Liberal , can venture
to say , that I am exceedingly afraid of the ignorant multitude of the new
constituencies . I wish to have as great and as compact a power as possible to
resist it .
It would be possible to impeach any Minister who disbanded the Queen's army ,
and it would be done for certain . But suppose a Minister were to reduce the army
or the navy much below the contemplated strength - suppose he were only to ...
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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
LibraryThing ReviewUser Review - patito-de-hule - LibraryThing
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