Examine a Number of Ways in Which the United Kingdom Constitution Is: (a) Similar and (B) Different to Other Constitutions.

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Examine a number of ways in which the United Kingdom Constitution is: (a) similar and (b) different to other constitutions. Constitutions are concerned with the role and powers of institutions of the state and the relationship between the citizen and the state. A constitution serves to define the power of government and act as a guardian of fundamental rights. The premise of this essay is to compare the United Kingdom constitution with constitutions of the United States of America, Australia and France. There is no single document entitled the United Kingdom constitution; this leads some academics to call the constitution unwritten and some claim that the United Kingdom has no formal constitution at all. If the term constitution is defined in a narrow way, it is a single or collection of documents in which all the basic rules of a state are set out. A broader definition explains that a constitution contain rules, written or unwritten that establish the creation and operation of government institutions. If the term constitution is defined narrowly, as a single or series of written document(s), then the United Kingdom has no constitution. However, if the broader definition is adopted that states the existence of rules which determine governments operation and institutions, then a constitution exists in the United Kingdom. A.V. Dicey claimed that the United Kingdom Constitution was based on twin pillars of Parliamentary sovereignty and the rule of law. The United Kingdom constitution is characterised as being unitary and unwritten, however the division between written and unwritten constitutions is debateable. No constitution is exclusively written or unwritten. Article Nine of the United States Constitution states not all rights will be found in the Constitution. So a clearer difference between constitutions can be drawn from codified and uncodified

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