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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No English majority dare vote for an exceedingly bad treaty; it would rather desert
its own leader than ensure its own ruin. And an English minority, inheriting a long
experience of Parliamentary affairs, would not be exceedingly ready to reject a ...
And this is very often the view taken now in England of treaties. ... On the other
hand, it is quite possible that there may be no real criticism on a treaty at all; or
the treaty has been made by the Government, and as it cannot be unmade by any
If we require that in some form the assent of Parliament shall be given to such
treaties, we should have a real discussion prior to the making of such treaties. We
should have the reasons for the treaty plainly stated, and also the reasons
The parties concerned would almost always be better for hearing the substantial
reasons which induced the negotiators to make the treaty, and the negotiators
would do their work much better, for half the ambiguities in treaties are caused by
In very vital treaties probably, being Englishmen, they would be of the same mind
as the rest of Englishmen. ... questions of foreign policy than it possesses now,
the better way would be not to require a formal vote to the treaty clause by clause.
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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