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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There has been a change of the sort which , above all , generates other changes
- - a change of generation . Generally one generation in politics succeeds
another almost silently ; at every moment men of all ages between thirty and
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 ...
There are some people who lay down a sort of mechanical test : they say the
House of Lords should be at liberty to reject a measure passed by the Commons
once or more , and then if the INTRODUCTION TO THE SECOND EDITION . XXV
... to be likely to continue permanently to convince them . One sort might easily
fall into a temporary and erroneous fanaticism , but all sorts simultaneously are
very unlikely to do so . I should venture so far as to lay down for an approximate
The leaders of an English Opposition are very conversant with the schoolboy
maxim , “ Two can play at that fun . ” They know that the next time they are in
office the same sort of sharp practice may be used against them , and therefore
they will ...
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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