Loading presentation...

Present Remotely

Send the link below via email or IM

Copy

Present to your audience

Start remote presentation

  • Invited audience members will follow you as you navigate and present
  • People invited to a presentation do not need a Prezi account
  • This link expires 10 minutes after you close the presentation
  • A maximum of 30 users can follow your presentation
  • Learn more about this feature in our knowledge base article

Do you really want to delete this prezi?

Neither you, nor the coeditors you shared it with will be able to recover it again.

DeleteCancel

Make your likes visible on Facebook?

Connect your Facebook account to Prezi and let your likes appear on your timeline.
You can change this under Settings & Account at any time.

No, thanks

1000 - Class 7

No description
by

Kelly Blidook

on 26 September 2013

Comments (0)

Please log in to add your comment.

Report abuse

Transcript of 1000 - Class 7

An uncodified constitution, established through traditional practice (and statutes)

Example: The British Constitution
Constitutionalism
Posc 1000 – Intro to Political Science
Not all government activity is impartial enforcement of rules

Also large element of discretion - or flexibility within broader framework of rules
Where necessary
In a manner that discourages arbitrary decisions
Offers recourse in many cases
Discretion
Supreme Court decides if Rule of Law has been violated

The enforcement of law allows us to count on security of person and property

Generally deemed necessary for “free” society
Rule of Law
Unwritten: flexible - easier to change (multiple statutes)

Written: rigid - amendment is extremely difficult (single document)
Unwritten vs. Written
Much of the British Constitution consists of different statutes

The oldest is the Magna Carta (Great Charter), written before Parliament even existed

'Sovereign must rule within the law of the land'
The Magna Carta
1. Unwritten Constitution
Most important mechanism of constitutional change in Canada today.
Judicial Interpretation
4. Procedure for amending the constitution
Functions of a constitution
2. Powers of different levels of government (i.e. federal and provincial)
Functions of a constitution
A set of fundamental rules and principles by which a state is organized
Constitution
Government is not controlling force of society but instrument within society






Rule of Law: all actions, of individuals and governments, are subject to institutionalized set of rules
Constitutionalism
Three in Canadian Constitution:
1. Unanimous
All provincial legislatures, Federal Parliament (House & Senate)

2. 7/50 “General Procedure” (applies to most cases)
2/3 of provinces with 50% of population, Fed. Parliament

3. Bilateral (applies when only 1 province is affected)

Amending Procedures
Example: The Canadian Constitution
A combination of codified and uncodified statutes and conventions
3. Hybrid Constitution
3. Rights of citizens (among citizens and with government)
Functions of a constitution
2. Powers of different levels of government (i.e. federal and provincial)
Functions of a constitution
1. Powers and responsibilities of legislative, executive and judicial branches of government
Functions of a constitution
Law is imperfect:
Suffragists
Civil Disobedience
Satyagraha (power of truth)
Challenging Rule of Law
Example: The United States Constitution
A systematic, deliberately designed document (codified)
2. Written Constitution
Parliament exists because of prerogative powers (not codified law).
Governor General (Canada) has prerogative powers – (i.e. can dissolve parliament)
Ability of monarch (King or Queen) to make certain decisions
Prerogative Powers
3 types of Constitutions
3 types of Constitutions
3 types of Constitutions
Full transcript