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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... Government , which I call “ rationality , ” by which I do not mean reasoning
power , but rather the power of hearing the reasons of others , of comparing them
quietly with one ' s own reasons , and then being guided by the result . But a
... but really the Prime Minister , has the power of dissolving the Assembly . But M
. Thiers has no such power ; and therefore , under ordinary circumstances , I
believe , the policy would soon become unmanageable . The result would be , as
These lie within the scope of my peculiar studies , and it is comparatively easy to
judge of them , since whatever may be the case with refined statistical reasoning ,
the great results of money matters speak to and interest all mankind .
She is applying all the resources of science and skill and trained labour , which
have been in long ages painfully acquired in old countries , to develop with great
speed the richest soil and the richest mines of new countries ; and the result is ...
On the whole , therefore , the result of the comparison is that a Presidential
Government makes it much easier than the Parliamentary to maintain a great
surplus of income over expenditure , but that it does not give the same facility for
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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