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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Roughly speaking , it describes its working as it was in the time of Lord
Palmerston ; and since that time there have been many changes , some of spirit
and some of detail . In so short a period there have rarely been more changes . If
I had ...
I proceed to speak of the changes which have taken place either in the
Constitution itself or in the competing institutions which illustrate it . It is too soon
as yet to attempt to estimate the effect of the Reform Act of 1867 . The people
But in this case neither party , as a party , could speak out . Many , perhaps most
of the intelligent Conservatives , were fearful of the consequences of the proposal
; but as it was made by the heads of their own party , they did not like to oppose ...
But in politics we must not trouble ourselves with exceedingly exceptional
accidents : it is quite difficult enough to count on and provide for the regular and
plain probabilities . To speak mathematically , we may easily miss the permanent
The worst families are those in which the members never really speak their minds
to one another ; they maintain an atmosphere of unreality , and everyone always
lives in an atmosphere of suppressed ill - feeling . It is the same with nations .
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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