How does a constution reflect the characteristics and aspirations of the state?


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I presume that the word "constution" is a spelling mistake, and that you actually meant to type "constitution". The constitution reflects the characteristics and aspirations of the state in a number of ways.

  • A constitution demonstrates what is valued within the state

As a constitution dictates how a state (or other body or organization) should be run, the constitution of a state allows people to see what kinds of qualities and values are deemed desirable within that state. For example, if the constitution were to state that country should be run "fairly", then we would be able to infer that the concept of "fairness" is valued highly within that country.

It would be logical to think that the people of the state aspire to "fairness" because it is outlined in their constitution. On the other hand, it would suggest that the state does not value "unfairness".

  • A constitution demonstrates the powers of those in charge

If, as in the example outlined above, a constitution stated that a country should be run "fairly", then it would appear that those in power have the authority to decide what is "fair" and what is "unfair" at any given time, unless specific instructions or descriptions of "fairness" and "unfairness" are also outlined in the constitution.

This means that, in the United States of America, the President, the Federal and State Governments, and the Supreme Court would have the ultimate decision over what could and could not be deemed as "fair". In Great Britain, the Prime Minister and the Houses of Parliament would be trusted with this decision.

  • A constitution suggests unity

If, continuing with the previous example, a constitution outlines that a state should be run "fairly", it suggests that every person within the state, and every person in charge of the state, believes that the state should be run fairly. Whilst this may not be true, the constitution points to "a common good", which means that the terms of the constitution should benefit every person within the state, even if they do not agree with it.

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