Constitutions in transition
Constitutions in transition

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Constitutions in transition

5 The UK constitution

In the previous sections the contextual reasons behind some of the substantive elements of three different constitutions have been explored. Here, the same will be done for the UK constitution.

A full picture of the UK’s constitutional framework cannot be established here; nor could the same be done for each of the other constitutions introduced in this course. There is a lot more to constitutional frameworks in general and this course is meant to be purely introductory to excite some curiosity. Still, the aim of this final section is to present some initial information on the UK’s constitutional framework and to allow comparison between the principles of the UK constitution with the others introduced in this course. It is worth noting that constitutions cannot be compared in isolation. The effect of their principles and development needs to be examined in the context of other, sometimes similar, examples.

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