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The English Constitution

 

Walter Bagehot (1826–1877) was a British journalist, businessman, and essayist, who wrote extensively about government, economics, and literature. He edited The Economist for 16 years.


CONTAINS AN INDEX AND A STUDENT GUIDE TO FURTHER READING

Walter Bagehot (1826–1877) was a British journalist, businessman, and essayist, who wrote extensively about government, economics, and literature. He edited The Economist for 16 years and his The English Constitution provided a means to better understand not only the workings of government but the nature of political debate.

Since the Referendum in June 2016, sales of the book – usually modest – have increased dramatically as informed individuals seek out political writings through which to better understand the responsibilities of cabinet government attempting to impose the decision to leave the European Union on a divided electorate.

The English Constitution provides the most lucid and readable account of what has been termed the ‘Golden Age’ of the nineteenth century constitution, before the advent of universal male suffrage and the rise of party as the overriding force in the British polity. Despite being strongly rooted in its time, Bagehot’s work can still provide us with fascinating insights into the basic nature of the constitution and its organic connections with the society within which it functions. In sketching connections between class and political systems, in its use of ideology, in what we would now term its interdisciplinary approach, Bagehot’s study provides insights and analysis of sometimes startling modernity.


Paperback ISBN: 978-1-898723-71-4
Paperback Price: £9.95 / $16.95
Release Date: March 1997
   
Page Extent / Format: 224 pp. / 229 x 152 mm
Illustrated: No
   

 



Introduction by Gavin Phillipson

The English Constitution

I The Cabinet
II The Monarchy
III The House of Lords
IV The House of Commons
V On Changes of Ministry
VI Its Supposed Checks and Balances
VII The Prerequisites of Cabinet Government
VIII Its History, and Effects – Conclusion

Introduction to the Second Edition, 1872

Further Reading List
Index


This timely new edition of Bagehot’s classic study is essential reading for today's constitutional reformers and students of Britain's elective dictatorship. Gavin Phillipson’s scholarly and shrewd introduction makes key links between past and present.
Lord Lester of Herne Hill QC


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