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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... 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 classes ; that
they preferred representatives from those classes , and gave & INTRODUCTION
that they preferred representatives from those classes , and gave those
representatives much license . If a hundred small shopkeepers had by miracle
been added to any of the '32 Parliaments , they would have felt outcasts there .
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 ...
Treaties are quite as important as most laws , and to require the elaborate assent
of representative assemblies to every word of the law , and not to consult them
even as to the essence of the treaty , is primÔ facie ludicrous . In the older forms
... Representatives — as a body “ hanging on the verge of government ; ” and that
House impeached him criminally , in the hope that in that way they might get rid
of him civilly . Nothing could be so conclusive against the American Constitution ...
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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