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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Majorities may be either genuine or fictitious , and if they are not genuine , if they
do not embody the opinion of the representative as well as the opinion of the
constituency , no one would wish to have any attention paid to them . But if the ...
The greater you make the sense of the Lords , the more they will see that their
plain interest is to make friends of the plutocracy , and to be the chiefs of it , and
not to wish to oppose the Commons where that plutocracy rules . It is true that a ...
Sensible men of substantial means are what we wish to be ruled by , and a
peerage of genius would not compare with it in power . It is true , too , that at
present some of the cleverest peers are not so ready as some others to agree
with the ...
The thing is done and cannot be undone , and the most natural wish of the
Opposition leaders is to prove that if they had been in office , and it therefore had
been theirs to do it , they could have done it much better . On the other hand , it is
... not to relinquish the very power which other classes are anxious to acquire ;
but in foreign policy there is no similar antagonism of interest — a peer and a non
- peer have presumably in that matter the same interest and the same wishes .
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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