Essay On Constitutionalism

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The first fundamental step in political development is the movement from total lawlessness, or anarchy, to some kind of centralized law and order. The politically developed nations have of course long accepted the concept of a central authority or government, and the Rule of Law which sets restraints upon the scope of people's actions; but this nevertheless remains as the foundation of government and of a nation's compact with its government.
When power, that is the ability to physically influence the behavior of others, is centralized, the rule of law is thus imposed. Instead of individuals arguing and settling their differences in a continuing series of battles based on personal power, the authority to establish decisions on social conduct
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Initially, these rules and regulations imposed on the political authority are informal and unwritten. Gradually these rules and regulations are enshrined in a written form. These written forms of governing principles led to the growth of the idea of constitutionalism and constitutions. The idea of constitutionalism is older than the existence of written constitutions. Constitutionalism places limits upon government, proscribing the means by which official power may be exercised. Constitutionalism establishes boundaries between the state and the individual, forbidding the state to trespass into certain areas reserved for private action. Before making in to the details of meaning, definitions, contents and types of constitutions a brief peep in to the history and evolution of constitutions at global and national…show more content…
Historical Background
All Constitutions are the heirs of the past as well as the testators of the future.1 The very fact that the Constitution of the Indian Republic is the product not of a political revolution but of the research and deliberations of a body of eminent representatives of the people who sought to improve upon the existing systems of administration, makes a retros¬pect of the constitutional development indispensable for a proper understan¬ding of this
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