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.
There has been a change of the sort which, above all, generates other changes—a change of generation. Generally one generation in politics succeeds another ...
No doubt the better sort of them believed that those who were superior to them in these indisputable respects were superior also in the more intangible ...
There are some people who lay down a sort of mechanical test: they say the House of Lords should be at liberty to reject a measure passed by the Commons ...
They know that the next time they are in office the same sort of sharp practice may be used against them, and therefore they will not use it.
The Executive was there appointed by the people as the Legislative was too. No conspicuous example of any other sort of Republic then existed.
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THE HOUSE OF LORDS
THE HOUSE OF COMMONS
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