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  Constitution - Encyclopedia.WorldSearch   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-08)
Countries that adopt constitutions usually do so by a process of ratification.The process by which a country adopts a constitution is closely tied to the historical and political context driving this fundamental change.
Possibly the most common usage of 'constitution' is to describe a single, written, fundamental law that defines how a nation or a subdivision is governed, legislation is passed, power and authority are distributed, and how they are limited.
The United States Constitution of 1787 (ratified 1789), heavily influenced by the (by then considerably modified) Magna Carta, plus the writings of Polybius, Locke, Montesquieu, and others, is often considered the oldest codified constitution, and in any case remains the oldest such document still in effect.
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 Constitution -- Facts, Info, and Encyclopedia article   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-08)
An example from the constitutional law of nation-states would be a provincial government in a federal state that may not have authority over banking under the federal constitution.
Possibly the most common usage of 'constitution' is to describe a single, written, fundamental law that defines how a nation or a subdivision is (The body of people who are citizens of a particular government) governed, (Law enacted by a legislative body) legislation is passed, power and authority are distributed, and how they are limited.
Strictly, the term unwritten constitution refers to a constitution where none of the sources of the constitution are written down.
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 Constitution Article, Constitution Information   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-08)
Possibly the most common usage of 'constitution' is to describe a single, written, fundamental law that defines how a nationor a subdivision is governed, legislation is passed, power and authority are distributed, and how they are limited.
In democratic systems, the constitution is considered a fundamental social contract among citizens (following Rousseau's writings), where governmentreceives its powers from the people, not the monarch or a parliament, and is bound by an express set of humanrights.
However it is sometimes used incorrectly when referring to anuncodified constitution, usually in the context of a constitution where, for example, the relationship between the differentbranches of government and relationship between the government and citizen (the governed) are unwritten or only partially writtendown and therefore unclear.
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The Canadian Constitution is not just made up of written documents: it is also shaped by many conventions that have evolved over the years.
A constitution is generally defined as a set of rules that establish both the structure and the fundamental principles of the government in a nation or other territory.
Constitutional conventions were developed over time and are not outlined in any document.
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 ipedia.com: Constitution Article   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-08)
The United States Constitution of 1787 (ratified 1789), heavily influenced by the writings of Rousseau and others, is often considered the oldest codified constitution, and in any case remains the oldest such document still in effect.
However it is sometimes used incorrectly when referring to an uncodified constitution, usually in the context of a constitution where certain rights are not protected or entrenched and could be abolished by the country's law making body.
Again, to say a country has no constitution is a common mistake made by someone referring to a country that has an uncodified constitution.
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 Encyclopedia of Leadership: United States Constitution
A written constitution, unlike an unwritten parliamentary system of government, is a supreme law that supersedes later laws that conflict with it, unless they are adopted as amendments according to the procedures prescribed in the original constitution.
Thus, amendments to the Constitution require either proposal by a two-thirds vote in each house of Congress, or application by majorities of two-thirds of the state legislatures for a convention to draft amendments, followed by ratification by the majorities of the legislatures of, or of conventions in, three-fourths of the states.
In a constitutional system like the United States, with powers and duties distributed among multiple officials, that means persuading or replacing multiple officials, which may require persuading or replacing the constituencies of those decisionmakers, the networks of lower-level decisionmakers whose own decisions persuade or replace higher-level decisionmakers.
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 Encyclopedia: Unwritten constitution
2.3 Semantics of the word constitution: unwritten constitution, no constitution?
In democratic systems, the constitution is considered a fundamental social contract among citizens (following Rousseau's writings), where government receives its powers fromrule, and is usually protected against constitutional amendments and by special courts (see below).
International Constitutional Law: (http://www.oefre.unibe.ch/law/icl) English translations of various national consitutions
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Such a constitution would obviously be very difficult...
Amendment IX The enumeration in the Constitution, of certain rights, shall not be construed to deny or disparage
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