Does The United Kingdom Have A Constitution? Would Good Government In The United Kingdom Be Improved If A Legally Enforceable Written Constitution Was Introduced?

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Does the United Kingdom have a “constitution”? Would good government in the United Kingdom be improved if a legally enforceable written constitution was introduced? The United Kingdom has what many would describe as an “unwritten constitution” whereby there is no specific constitutional doctrine or document in place but instead a culmination of statutes, court judgements and other legal decisions and precedents. The nature and idea of a constitution has proved difficult to define simply, and has led to many definitions being formed by legal professionals, commentators and judges alike. According to The Oxford Law Dictionary a constitution is defined as followed: “The rules and practices that determine the composition and functions of the organs of central and local government in a state and regulate the relationship between the individual and the state” # In essence it would be safe to assume that the idea behind a constitution is to protect the rights of the individual or the citizenry of a state although it is virtually impossible to give a palpable definition for what a constitution is due to many conflicting opinions and views within the legal system. It is therefore necessary to attempt to define the other parameters which are included in said definition, such as a ‘state.’ This again like defining constitution has proved difficult but Max Weber a German political economist and sociologist defined a state in terms of the constitution: "The monopoly on the legitimate use of physical force within a given territory," Which may include the armed forces, civil service or state bureaucracy, courts, and police.# With this in mind by following the definition outlined in the Oxford Law dictionary the United Kingdom appears to have a constitution of sorts although not codified like the American Constitution of 1878 #, or the Constitution of the

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