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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The Reform Act of 1832 did not for many years disclose its real consequences ; a
writer in 1836 , whether he approved or disapproved of them , whether he
thought too little of or whether he exaggerated them , would have been sure to be
Oh , ” he answered , “ when I do not know what to say , I say Gladstone , and then
they are sure to cheer , and I have time to think . ” In fact , that popularity acted as
a guide both to constituencies and to members . The candidates only said they ...
... he is not sure how far that weakness is shared by those around him . And thus
Englishmen easily find themselves committed to anti - aristocratic sentiments
which are the direct opposite of their real feeling , and their collective action may
... in the particular cases , outweighed by counterconsiderations ; and these “
independent members ” having no real responsibility , not being likely to be hurt
themselves if they make a mistake , are sure to blurt out , and to want to act upon .
And this is very often the view taken now in England of treaties . There being
nothing practical in the Opposition — nothing likely to hamper them hereafter ,
the leaders of Opposition are nearly sure to suggest every objection . The thing is
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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