Parliamentary England: The Evolution of the Cabinet System

Parliamentary England: The Evolution of the Cabinet System

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Parliamentary England: The Evolution of the Cabinet System

Parliamentary England: The Evolution of the Cabinet System

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A book of this size, which is to deal with a century and a half of modern history, can only succeed by limiting its treatment to a single side of the national life. The author has, accordingly, chosen for his subject the evolution of that curious form of government which is known as the Cabinet System, the appearance and development of which synchronise almost exactly with the period under consideration. Whatever be the merits and defects of that system, and whatever its future fate, it must always remain a subject of deep interest to students of history, and especially to students of English history. For it has had an immense influence on the politics of the world; and it is one of the most characteristic products of the English mind. The author employs the word "English" advisedly; for it is noteworthy that neither in Scotland nor in Ireland, before the Unions, is there any trace of the Cabinet System, and, though it has been freely adopted by the self-governing colonies, there are many who doubt whether it is essentially suited to . . .

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