The Constitution and Judiciary chapter 15

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1. Constitution: According to Heywood, a constitution is a et of rules (written or unwritten) that seeks t establish the duties, powers and functions of government institutions and regulate the relationship between those institutions and between the state and the individual. Government is built on the constitution of the state.

2. Level of observation can indicate an effective constitution it describes government behavior and effective capacity to restrain behavior, nominal constitution describes government behavior but not their capacity to restrain behavior, a facade constitution only fills a propaganda role.

3. State of rules: Written (enshrined in law) or unwritten (embodied in tradition) Codified (rules drawn from a single document) or uncodified (rules drawn from multiple sources)

4. Content is the actual content of the constitution such as if there is fusion, separation of powers, how the government system is organized and how its supposed to work.

5. The purpose of a constitution is to establish unifying values and goals for the greater society, based on specific ideologies or beliefs. It provides government stability by being a blueprint on how the government should function and be organized. It protects the freedoms of individuals and it legitimized the regime in the eyes of the state and people.

6. The judiciary form s part of the 3 arms of government, they implement the law and are supposed to be apolitical. Judges can however still be influenced by their own beliefs.

7. Judges interpret the law, they make judgments between possible eaning and interpretations. They strike down legislation if they feel like it is unconstitutional. The judiciary follows 'they supremacy of the constitutin'

8. If a constitution is easy to change it is flexible e.g France If it is hard to change it is rigid e.g USA