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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Curiously enough the class which in theory was omnipotent , was the only class
financially ill - treated . Throughout the history of our former Parliaments the
constituency could no more have originated the policy which those Parliaments ...
As I have endeavoured in this book to explain , the literary theory of the English
Constitution is on this point quite wrong as usual . According to that theory , the
two Houses are two branches of the Legislature , perfectly equal and perfectly ...
In abstract theory these defects in our present practice would seem exceedingly
great , but in practice they are not so . English statesmen and English parties
have really a great patriotism , they can rarely be persuaded even by their
He will see in the life much which is not in the books ; and he will not find in the
rough practice many refinements of the literary theory . It was natural — perhaps
inevitable — that such an undergrowth of irrelevant ideas should gather round
Kings , lords , and commons , by this theory , are alleged to be not only the
outward form , but the inner moving essence , the vitality of the constitution . A
great theory , called the theory of “ Checks and Balances , ” pervades an
immense part of ...
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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