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A new edition has been published, the details can be seen here:
Walter Bagehot: The English Constitution isbn 9780199539017

Walter Bagehot: The English Constitution

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ISBN13: 9780006327585
ISBN: 0006327583
New Edition ISBN: 9780199539017
Published: June 1963
Publisher: Fontana
Country of Publication: UK
Format: Paperback
Price: Out of print

Out Of Print
In his introduction to this new edition of Walter Bagehot's classic Richard Crossman writes: 'First composed as a series of essays for The Fortnightly, The English Constitution was published in book form' in I867-the very year of Disraeli's Reform Act which abruptly and finally ended the period of classical parliamentary government it describes.

As an account, of contemporary fact, the book was out of date almost before it could be reviewed. Since then we have had countless studies by political scientists and constitutional lawyers, interspersed occasionally with the reflections of a retired politician.

Yet for anyone who wants to understand the workings of British politics-be he university student, foreign observer or merely a curious elector -The English Constitution still remains the best introduction available.

First issued in the Fontana Library, March I963
Second impression, September I963
Third impression, June I964
Fourth impression, February I965
Fifth impression, June I966

The English Constitution was first published in 1867. This edition follows the text in the collected Works of Walter Bagehot, edited by his sister-in-law, Mrs Russell Barrington and published by Longmans in I9I5.

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Constitutional and Administrative Law
Introduction by R. H. S. Crossman
I The Cabinet
II The Monarchy
III The House of Lords;
IV The House of Commons v On Changes of Ministry;
vr Its Supposed Checks and Balances
VII The Prerequisites of Cabinet Government vrn Its History, and Effects: Conclusion
Introduction to the Second Edition, 1872