Cambridge Texts in the History of Political Thought: Bagehot: The English Constitution (Hardback)
  • Cambridge Texts in the History of Political Thought: Bagehot: The English Constitution (Hardback)
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Cambridge Texts in the History of Political Thought: Bagehot: The English Constitution (Hardback)

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Hardback 292 Pages / Published: 15/03/2001
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Walter Bagehot's 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 Bagehot's original conclusion, and the substantial introduction written for the second edition of 1872. Paul Smith's introduction places Bagehot's 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 Bagehot's account of parliamentary government in operation, and the strength of Bagehot's 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 Bagehot's more arcane contemporary allusions.

Publisher: Cambridge University Press
ISBN: 9780521465359
Number of pages: 292
Weight: 520 g
Dimensions: 216 x 140 x 21 mm


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"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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