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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But now the real power is not in the Sovereign , it is in the Prime Minister and in
the Cabinet — that is in the hands of a committee appointed by Parliament , and
of the chairman of that committee . Now , beforehand , no one would ...
The Assembly now sitting at Versailles is undoubtedly also , at times , most
tumultuous , and a Parliamentary Government in which it governs must be under
a peculiar difficulty because as a sovereign it is unstable , capricious , and unruly
Theoretically , indeed , the power to dissolve parliament is entrusted to the
sovereign only ; and there are vestiges of doubt whether in all cases a sovereign
is bound to dissolve parliament when the cabinet asks him to do so . But
The American government calls itself a government of the supreme people ; but
at a quick crisis , the time when a sovereign power is most needed , you cannot
find the supreme people . You have got a Congress elected for one fixed period ...
An undue advantage was given to a part of the constitution , and therefore the
progress of the whole was stayed . After the Revolution this mischievous
sentiment was much weaker . The change of the line of sovereigns was at first
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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