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When the first edition of this book was published I had great difficulty in
persuading many people that it was possible for a non-monarchical state, for the
real chief of the practical Executive — the Premier as we should call him — to be
He comes down and speaks in it just as our Premier does ; he is responsible for
managing it just as our Premier is. No one can any longer doubt the possibility of
a republic in which the Executive and the Legislative authorities were united and
Lastly, by a natural consequence of the position, M. Thiers does not govern as a
Parliamentary Premier governs. He is not, he boasts that he is not, the head of a
party. On the contrary, being the one person essential to all parties, he selects ...
The English Premier being appointed by the selection, and being removable at
the pleasure, of the preponderant Legislative Assembly, is sure to be able to rely
on that assembly. If he wants legislation to aid his policy he can obtain that ...
Accordingly it is a real electoral body. The parliament of 1857, which, more than
any other parliament of late years, was a parliament elected to support a
particular premier — which was chosen, as Americans might say, upon the "
Palmer- ston ...
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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