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Bagehot: The English Constitution

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Part of Cambridge Texts in the History of Political Thought

  • Date Published: April 2001
  • availability: Available
  • format: Hardback
  • isbn: 9780521465359

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  • This is a new and highly accessible rendition of one of the classics of English political writing. Paul Smith presents the text of the first (1867) edition of Bagehot's The English Constitution, together with the original conclusion, as well as Bagehot's long introduction to the second edition of 1872. All the usual student-friendly features of the Cambridge Texts series are present, including a concise explanatory introduction, select bibliography and brief biographies of key figures, as well as annotation designed to explain to modern readers some of Bagehot's more arcane contemporary allusions.

    • Only reprint of the first (1867) edition, including original conclusion, as well as the significant introduction to the second edition (1872)
    • Detailed notes, annotation, bibliography and historical chronology
    • Introduction assesses originality, validity and implications of Bagehot's views
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    Reviews & endorsements

    "Helpful yet unobtrusive, Smith's is an ideal introduction for those seeking to locate Bagehot in the context of his time or for those looking for an informed summary of his argument, motivation, and general purpose." Adam Tomkins, University of Oxford, Constitutional Commentary

    "This is one of those rare, intelligent treasures that one cherishes...In essence this is the ideal instrument for teaching about Bagehot's view of the Constitution. This edition is far more useful for the classroom." British Politics Group

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    Product details

    • Date Published: April 2001
    • format: Hardback
    • isbn: 9780521465359
    • length: 292 pages
    • dimensions: 216 x 140 x 21 mm
    • weight: 0.52kg
    • availability: Available
  • Table of Contents

    Editor's introduction
    Principal events in Bagehot's life
    Note on the text and annotation
    The English Constitution: Advertisement
    1. The cabinet
    2. The pre-requisites of cabinet government, and the peculiar form which they have assumed in England
    3. The monarchy
    4. The monarchy (continued)
    5. The House of Lords
    6. The House of Commons
    7. On changes of ministry
    8. Its supposed checks and balances
    9. Its history, and the effects of that history
    Introduction to the second edition (1872)
    Biographical notes on persons mentioned in the text
    Bibliographical note

  • Author



    Paul Smith, University of Southampton

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