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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An historical writer does not feel this difficulty : he deals only with the past ; he
can say definitely , the Constitution worked in such and such a manner in the
year at which he begins , and in a manner in such and such respects different in
It is not really tested till it comes to be worked by statesmen and among a people
neither of whom are guided by a different experience . In one respect we are
indeed particularly likely to be mistaken as to the effect of the last Reform Bill .
No doubt the better sort of them believed that those who were superior to them in
these indisputable respects were superior also in the more intangible qualities of
sense and knowledge . But the mass of the old electors did not analyze very ...
... not only the present battle , but many after battles , is a heavy curse to men and
nations . In one minor respect , indeed , I think we may see with distinctness the
effect of the Reform Bill of 1867 xxii INTRODUCTION TO THE SECOND EDITION
By their commanding influence in many boroughs and counties the Lords
nominated a considerable part of the Commons ; the majority of the other part
were the richer gentry - men in most respects like the Lords , and sympathising
with the ...
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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