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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... Parliamentary 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
... 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 I have tried to explain , that the
Assembly would he ...
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 .
... 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 untold wealth
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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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