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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We have to frame such tacit rules , to establish such ruling but unenacted
customs , as will make the House of Lords yield to the Commons when and as
often as our new Constitution requires that it should yield . I shall be asked , How
often is ...
But no important practical question in real life can be uniformly settled by a fixed
and formal rule in this way . This rule would prove that the Lords might have
rejected the Reform Act of 1832 . Whenever the nation was both excited and ...
mate rule , that the House of Lords ought , on a first - class subject , to be slow -
very slow - in rejecting a Bill passed even once by a large majority of the House
of Commons . I would not of course lay this down as an unvarying rule : as I have
... argument which would reach and rule the multitude . The thing looks like
injustice , and in a time of popular passion it would not stand . Much short of the
compulsory equal division of the Code Napoleon , stringent clauses might be
... oppose the Commons where that plutocracy rules . It is true that a completely
new House of Lords , mainly composed of men of ability , selected because they
were able , might very likely attempt to make ability the predominant power in the
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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