The English Constitution
Jazzybee Verlag, 2017 M02 6 - 388 páginas
In one of Walter Bagehot's most prominent works, the English constitution is described, not from law books and as a lawyer would describe it, but from the actual working, as Bagehot himself had witnessed it, in his contact with ministers and the heads of government departments, and with the life of the society in which the politicians moved. The true springs and method of action are consequently described with a vivid freshness which gives the book a wonderful charm, and makes it really a new departure in the study of politics.
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The spirit of our present House of Commons is plutocratic, not aristocratic; its
most prominent statesmen are not men of ancient descent or of great hereditary
estate; they are men mostly of substantial means, but they are mostly, too,
But a dissension between the Lords and Commons divides that resisting power;
as I have explained, the House of Commons still mainly represents the plutocracy
, the Lords represent the aristocracy. The main interest of both these classes is ...
The English plutocracy, as is often said of something yet coarser, must be “
humoured, not drove;” they may easily be impelled against the aristocracy,
though they respect it very much; and as they are much stronger than the
aristocracy, they ...
For the sake of keeping the headship of the plutocracy, and through that of the
nation, they should not offend the plutocracy; the points upon which they have to
yield are mostly very minor ones, and they should yield many great points rather
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 ...
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ON CHANGES OF MINSTRY
ITS SUPPOSED CHECKS AND BALANCES
THE PREREQUISITES OF CABINET GOVERNMENT AND THE PECULIAR FORM WHICH THEY HAVE ASSUMED IN ENGLAND
ITS HISTORY AND THE EFFECTS OF THAT HISTORY CONCLUSION