An Overview of Swedish Constitutional History
Until fairly recently, few governments in the world have taken the trouble to compose a formal constitution or instrument of governance or to solicit formally the consent of members of the polity. Explicit and formal agreements clearly make the concept of a government as a contract among citizens closer to reality. Such formal acts transform the implicit “agreements” or social compacts that might be imagined by scholars and lawyers into the concrete binding forms of laws and institutions. It is by such acts that formal constitutions are created. Sweden is one of a small group of countries that has used formal documents to codify, legitimate, and modify its existing political arrangements.
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