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This is the launch of a joint book forum on “Parliamentary Thinking.”
William Selinger, Parliamentarism: From Burke to Weber (Cambridge University Press, 2019)
Gregory Conti, Parliament the Mirror of the Nation: Representation, Deliberation, and Democracy in Victorian Britain (Cambridge University Press, 2019)
Introduction: Parliamentary Thinking
In his Lettres sur les Anglais, Voltaire refused to liken the English parliament to the Roman senate. Parliament as he portrayed it was a modern development. Voltaire predicted that the English Commons would “never rise to so exalted a pitch of glory” as Rome, but nor would “its end be so fatal.” Parliament’s stability deserved our grudging admiration.
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