Greater European Governments

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Harvard University Press, 1918 - Europe - 329 pages

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Page 121 - The ministers as a body are responsible to the Chambers for the general policy of the Government, and individually for their personal acts.
Page 152 - Lord Melbourne put his back to the door, and said, " Now is it to lower the price of corn, or isn't it? It is not much matter which we say, but mind, we must all say THE SAME.
Page 101 - Constitution, and in Professor Currier's Constitutional and Organic Laws of France. The latter, published as a supplement to the Annals of the American Academy of Political Science (March, 1893), gives a translation into English of all these laws. See also an article by Saleilles on the " Development of the Present Constitution of France.
Page 28 - It is not the business of a Cabinet Minister to work his department. His business is to see that it is properly worked.
Page 43 - This House will receive no petition for any sum relating to public service, or proceed upon any motion for a grant or charge upon the public revenue, whether payable out of the consolidated fund or out of money to be provided by Parliament, unless recommended from the Crown.
Page 25 - District, nor shall, by word, message, writing, or in any other manner, endeavour to persuade any elector to give, or dissuade any elector from giving, his vote for the choice of any person to be a member to serve in Parliament...
Page 132 - France all this is very different. Statutes that do not concern the rights of a man against his neighbor, that do not, in other words, form a part of the Civil Code, are often couched in general terms, and enunciate a principle which the Executive is to carry out in detail.1 Sometimes the President of the Republic is expressly given power to make regulations, but even without any special authority he has a general power to make them for the purpose of completing the statutes, by virtue of his general...
Page 9 - Commandingin-Chief downwards; she could dismiss all the sailors, she could sell off all our ships of war and all our naval stores; she could make a peace by the sacrifice of Cornwall, and begin a war for the conquest of Brittany. She could...
Page 151 - ... ever before, yet a superficial glance at the history of democracy ought to be enough to convince us that in a great nation the people as a whole do not and cannot really govern. The fact is that we are ruled by parties, whose action is more or less modified, but never completely directed, by public opinion.
Page 55 - If the parliamentary system has made the cabinet of the day autocratic, it is an autocracy exerted with the utmost publicity, under a constant fire of criticism; and tempered by the force of public opinion, the risk of a vote of want of confidence, and the prospects of the next election.

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