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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It is true that a completely new House of Lords , mainly composed of men of
ability , selected because they were able , might very likely attempt to make ability
the predominant power in the state , and to rival , if not conquer , the House of ...
It is true , too , that at present some of the cleverest peers are not so ready as
some others to agree with the Commons . But it is not unnatural that persons of
high rank and of great ability should be unwilling to bend to persons of lower rank
And what he said is often quite true . There are often seeming objections which
are not real objections , at least , which are , in the particular cases , outweighed
by counterconsiderations ; and these “ independent members ” having no real ...
They would have had to teach a lesson both pleasant and true , and such
lessons are soon learned . On the whole , therefore , the result of the comparison
is that a Presidential Government makes it much easier than the Parliamentary to
On all great subjects , " says Mr. Mill , “ much remains to be said , " and of none is
this more true than of the English Constitution . The literature which has
accumulated upon it is huge . But an observer who looks at the living reality will
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LibraryThing ReviewUser Review - Paul_S - LibraryThing
Politics have not changed much since the 19th century. The main difference is that now elites hide their fear and contempt of the lower class. My insecurities aside, insightful essays that remain relevant. Read full review
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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