The English Constitution

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DigiCat, Nov 21, 2022 - History - 244 pages
"The English Constitution" is the highly acclaimed book by Walter Bagehot. First serialized in The Fortnightly Review between 15 May 1865 and 1 January 1867, and later published in book form in 1867, it explores the constitution of the United Kingdom—specifically the functioning of Parliament and the British monarchy—and the contrasts between British and American government. The book became a standard work which was translated into several languages. While Walter Bagehot's references to the Parliament of the United Kingdom have become dated, his observations on the monarchy are seen as central to the understanding of the principles of constitutional monarchy.
 

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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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