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Politics-Constitution

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  • Submitted: 26/02/2009
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AS and A Level United Kingdom

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1) A constitution is a set of rules laws and practices that set out how a state should be governed.

2) A codified constitution; is a "written" constitution that all rules and laws can be found in a single document for either reference of be used a guideline. The USA is an example of a country with a codified constitution.

An uncodified constitution; is a constitution that not all rules and laws are found in a single document. The United Kingdom is a country that has an uncodified constitution.

Arguments for codified ('written'): limit power of Parliament/Executive, even worse when we have a unitary not a devolved federal system, avoid elective dictatorship, protect and guarantee human and individual rights, say in Bill of Rights as part of a codified constitution, create separation of powers not fusion of powers.

Arguments for uncodified: evolution makes more flexible. Written constitutions are entrenched and become dangerously out of date. Codified give too much power to judges who are unelected, unaccountable, and unrepresentative. Content is arguable - what should be in it? Existing guarantees in convention, documents and so on.

3) There are 5 sources of the UK's uncodified

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