'An ancient and ever-altering constitution is like an old man who still wears with attached fondness clothes in the fashion of his youth: what you see of him is the same; what you do not see is wholly altered.' Walter Bagehot's The English Constitution (1867) is the best account of the history and working of the British political system ever written. As arguments raged in mid-Victorian Britain about giving the working man the vote, and democracies overseas were pitched into despotism and civil war, Bagehot took a long, cool look at the 'dignified' and 'efficient' elements which made the English system the envy of the world. His analysis of the monarchy, the role of the prime minister and cabinet, and comparisons with the American presidential system are astute and timeless, and pertinent to current discussions surrounding devolution and electoral reform. Combining the wit and panache of a journalist with the wisdom of a man of letters steeped in evolutionary ideas and historical knowledge, Bagehot produced a book which is always thoughtful, often funny, and seldom dull. This edition reproduces Bagehot's original 1867 work in full, and introduces the reader to the dramatic political events that surrounded its publication.
"synopsis" may belong to another edition of this title.
Book Description Paperback. Book Condition: BRAND NEW. NEW Book in Mint Condition -- Great DEAL !! Fast Shipping -- Friendly Customer Service -- Buy with Confidence!. Bookseller Inventory # RP0192839756BN
Book Description Book Condition: Brand New. Book Condition: Brand New. Bookseller Inventory # 97801928397561.0
Book Description Oxford University Press, 2001. Paperback. Book Condition: New. book. Bookseller Inventory # 0192839756
Book Description Oxford University Press, USA, 2001. Paperback. Book Condition: New. Bookseller Inventory # DADAX0192839756
Book Description Oxford University Press, 2001. Paperback. Book Condition: New. Bookseller Inventory # P110192839756
Book Description Oxford University Press, 2001. Paperback. Book Condition: New. New item. Bookseller Inventory # QX-135-65-2361102
Book Description Oxford University Press. PAPERBACK. Book Condition: New. 0192839756 New Condition. Bookseller Inventory # NEW6.0069745