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The system of government in the United Kingdom (UK) is very different to many other countries.

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  • Submitted: 23/03/2004
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AS and A Level United Kingdom

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The system of government in the United Kingdom (UK) is very different to many other countries. There are only a few other countries besides the UK (New Zealand and Israel are the others) which do not have a 'written' constitution. Due to this lack of a written document the UK looks for its sources of constitution in (amongst other things) conventions.

First, it may be necessary to define what we mean when we say that the UK does not have as such, a written constitution and whether this means that the UK has a constitution at all. This type of approach is known as abstract (as opposed to concrete) and many have attempted to define and justify that despite this the UK still has a constitution despite it not being in a written form. One such definition is that a constitution is:

'the whole system of government of a country, the collection of rules which establish and regulate or govern the government.'1

Judging from this definition it would appear that the UK does have a constitution, as a constitution does not necessarily have to be in a written form. When considering this 'unwritten' UK constitution

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