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INTRODUCTION TO THE SECOND EDITION THERE is a great difficulty in the
way of a writer who attempts to sketch a living Constitution — a Constitution that
is in actual work and power . The difficulty is that the object is in constant change .
It describes the English Constitution as it stood in the years 1865 and 1866 .
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 ...
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
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 ...
We have to frame such tacit rules , to establish such ruling but unenacted
customs , as will make the House of Lords yield to the Commons when and as
often as our new Constitution requires that it should yield . I shall be asked , How
often 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