Constitutions, Politics, and Identity

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Part of the Studies in Public Choice book series (SIPC, volume 23)

Abstract

What are Constitutions and, if Constitutions are constitutive, what do they constitute? Each of these questions might give rise to at least two different answers. In a legalistic vein a Constitution might be defined as a document or set of documents that codify the role and process of government by enumerating and limiting the powers of government and describing the processes by which government operates. In a more social vein a Constitution might be taken to be the complex of laws, customs, traditions, norms and conventions that, taken together, provide a more or less complete description of the way in which the society operates.

Keywords

Migration American Identity Stake Ethos 

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.School of Social SciencesUniversity of ManchesterManchesterUK

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