The English Constitution

DigiCat, 2022 M11 21 - 244 páginas
In 'The English Constitution' by Walter Bagehot, the author delves into the intricacies of the British political system, providing a detailed analysis of the monarchy, the government, and the parliament. Bagehot's writing style is both informative and engaging, making this book a must-read for those interested in political science and British history. Written in the 19th century, this book remains relevant today in understanding the evolution of the English constitution and its impact on modern governance. Bagehot's comparison of the British system with other governments adds depth and perspective to his arguments, making this book a valuable resource for scholars and enthusiasts alike. Walter Bagehot, a renowned economist and political analyst, drew from his firsthand observations as a journalist and editor to write 'The English Constitution'. His keen insights into the workings of the British government are reflected in the thorough research and compelling arguments presented in this book. Bagehot's expertise in political theory and his passion for understanding governance shine through in his analysis. I highly recommend 'The English Constitution' to anyone interested in British politics, constitutional law, or political theory. Bagehot's timeless observations continue to offer valuable insights into the functioning of the English government, making this book a seminal work in the field of political science.

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Walter Bagehot (1826–1877) was a distinguished British journalist, businessman, and essayist, renowned for his prescient observations on politics, economics, and society. Born in Langport, Somerset, Bagehot was educated at University College London before embarking on a career that would have him contribute significantly to the intellectual and political discourse of his time. As the third editor of The Economist from 1861 until his death, he expanded the breadth and depth of the publication's influence, crafting it into a must-read for policymakers and thinkers alike. Amongst his most notable works is 'The English Constitution' (published in 1867), a seminal text critiquing the British government's organization and functionality. In this influential book, Bagehot delineated the distinctions between the 'dignified' and 'efficient' aspects of the political system and commended the balance of monarchy and parliamentary democracy. His astute analysis and lucid prose rendered the book an enduring classic in political science and constitutional theory, furnishing insight into the operation of government and the interplay between its formal and actual dynamics. Bagehot's literary style is characterized by its clarity, wit, and a keen acumen, which allowed him to distill complex ideas into accessible commentary. Much of his writing reflects a commitment to the principles of liberalism and free trade, themes recurring throughout his diverse body of work that includes economic theory, literary criticism, and social commentary. Though his legacy is multifaceted, it is his penetrating analysis of British politics and institution which hallmark his enduring scholarly import.

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