Rise of Constitutional Government in England

Paperback | January 9, 2012

byCyril Ransome

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This historic book may have numerous typos, missing text or index. Purchasers can download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. 1883. Not illustrated. Excerpt: ... CHAPTER XX. CONCLUSION. To give in one short chapter an exhaustive account of the working of the English constitution is out of the question. Space would not permit, nor has the author any pretence to that knowledge of modern politics, which would be absolutely indispensable for the purpose. But as some sort of summary is needful, an attempt will be made to give in broad outline a sketch of the results which have been attained by the gradual process of evolution, which has been related in the preceding chapters. In one sentence, the process we have seen at work has been this. While the prerogatives of the sovereign have remained in theory almost unchanged, his active functions have been gradually divided among a number of ministers, who now by the principle of ministerial responsibility, exercise their powers in accordance with the wishes of the majority of the nation. The result of this change has been to give us, by a process of gradual growth, without revolution and with no severance of continuity, a constitution which unites monarchical steadiness with republican freedom, and which combines such a number of practical advantages, as no other nation, by the THE SOVEREIGN. 25 I most ingenious system of constitution making, has been able to secure. Its strength lies in its very anomaly. Montesquieu declared that it was essential to the well-being of every state that the legislative, executive, and judicial functions should be absolutely separate. In England they are, to all appearances, hopelessly entangled. By one enactment, Parliament has forbidden the sovereign to keep a standing army in time of peace; by another it annually allows such an army, and votes money for its support. In law, the sovereign may declare war, make treaties, appoint and dismiss his own ...

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This historic book may have numerous typos, missing text or index. Purchasers can download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. 1883. Not illustrated. Excerpt: ... CHAPTER XX. CONCLUSION. To give in one short chapter an exhaustive account of the working of the English constitution is out of the q...

Format:PaperbackDimensions:78 pages, 9.69 × 7.44 × 0.16 inPublished:January 9, 2012Publisher:General Books LLCLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0217278353

ISBN - 13:9780217278355

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