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Compare and contrast written and unwritten constitutions. Which type of constitution do you favour?
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Compare and contrast written and unwritten constitutions. Which type of
constitution do you favour?
A constitution consists of rules, laws and other practices which distinguish and illustrate the institutions of government, and the type of powers within the institutions as well as the forms and procedures through which powers of this nature should be exercised. It is the system or body of laws under which a state exists. It forms a basic framework which the government can use as guidelines for running the country. It gives legitimacy to a political system.
"The whole system of government of a country, the collection of rules which establish and regulate or govern the government."
(Wheare, Bradley and Ewing, P4)
A constitution can be in the form of a codified single written document, as it is in many countries across the world, or it can be made up of many different documents and therefore is classed as unwritten. There are many advantages and disadvantages to a written or unwritten constitution and it is hard to determine which type is favourable.
The United States of America is one of
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