9780521469425

Bagehot: The English Constitution

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  • ISBN13:

    9780521469425

  • ISBN10:

    0521469422

  • Format: Paperback
  • Copyright: 2001-04-02
  • Publisher: Cambridge University Press
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Summary

Walter Bagehotís anatomy of The English Constitution is a classic of English political writing. In this new Cambridge Texts edition it appears for the first time in its original (1867) book version, with Bagehotís original conclusion, and the substantial introduction written for the second edition of 1872. Paul Smithís introduction places Bagehotís views in the context of contemporary events and prevalent views of the working of the constitution, indicating their relation to his developing ideas on the anthropological and sociological springs of authority. He assesses the accuracy of Bagehotís account of parliamentary government in operation, and the strength of Bagehotís analysis of the difficulties faced by British liberalism in coming to terms with the approach of democracy. All the usual student-friendly features of the Cambridge Texts series are present, including a select bibliography and brief biographies of key figures, and annotation which explains some of Bagehotís more arcane contemporary allusions.

Table of Contents

Editor's introduction vii
Principal events in Bagehot's life xxviii
Note on the text and annotation xxx
The English Constitution
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1(2)
The Cabinet
3(20)
The Prerequisites of Cabinet Government, and the Peculiar Form Which They Have Assumed in England
23(11)
The Monarchy
34(14)
The Monarchy (continued)
48(20)
The House of Lords
68(26)
The House of Commons
94(28)
On Changes of Ministry
122(27)
Its Supposed Checks and Balances
149(22)
Its History, and the Effects of That History - Conclusion
171(59)
Introduction to the Second Edition (1872)
193(37)
Biographical notes on persons mentioned in the text 230(14)
Bibliographical note 244(3)
Index 247

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