Questions tagged [constitution]

A constitution is a framework for government, and serves as a set of founding principles for the entity.

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Does the UK have a written constitution?

Does the UK have a written constitution? I didn’t think it did, but then I found the following: United Kingdom's Constitution of 1215 with Amendments through 2013 [PDF]
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Could the U.S. Congress abolish itself?

Hypothetically, could the U.S. Congress abolish itself and transfer all power to the President? I'm thinking of a scenario where Congress amends the Constitution and gives all power the President, ...
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Can the President of the United States actively invest in the stock market?

Can the President of the United States actively invest in the stock market? While I have heard of people often divesting in order to show that they wont profit from the fact they have insider ...
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Why is “Congress shall have power to enforce this article by appropriate legislation” necessary?

In the US constitutional amendments, it is frequently stated that Congress shall have power to enforce this article by appropriate legislation. Why are these clauses necessary? Are there, for ...
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Are there countries where impeachment of a president without cause is authorized?

Background Presidential v. Parliamentary Systems of Government In parliamentary systems of government, the head of government can be removed any time that the prime minister or premier loses the ...
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Can the US president change TIME to avoid leaving the office? [closed]

The 20th Amendment (article 1) of the US Constitution states that The terms of the President and Vice President shall end at noon on the 20th day of January, and the terms of Senators and ...
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Jurisdiction stripping

According to the Wikipedia article "Jurisdiction stripping": Congress may effectively eliminate any judicial review of certain federal legislative or executive actions and of certain state actions,...
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Do any countries use a codified version of the “matter of confidence” of (former) UK tradition?

By tradition that appears to be in question now there used to be case in the UK that governments could designate a particular vote as being a ‘matter of confidence’ – which means they would ...
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What were the legal consequences of the 2010 power struggle surrounding article 114 of the Romanian constitution?

Apparently there was a big power struggle in Romania in 2010 involving article 114 of their constitution, which allows the government to "engage responsibility" for a law, thus pass it without an ...
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Which countries have largely copied article 49 para 3 of the French constitution?

Roughly speaking, article 49.3 of the French constitution allows the government to pass a law without an explicit vote in the legislative assembly by "committing government's responsibility". The ...
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What medium is the current U. S. constitution on?

If there is a more appropriate site for this question, feel free to migrate it. When the first edition of the constitution was ratified, I imagine they must have used parchment. When they made ...
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Thai elections and voters of 'unsound mind or of mental infirmity'

According to Wikipedia's page on elections in Thailand, under the 2007 constitution (not the current one) certain people are ineligible to vote (emphasis is mine): Those barred from voting in House ...
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How many times was Standing Order 14 amended?

Standing Order 14(1) is at the center of the latest UK constitutional revolution/innovation (label depends whom you ask), which suspended for one day (today) its first (and perhaps most important) ...
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Can the Supreme Court overturn an impeachment?

Article 2, Section 4 of the US Constitution states: The President, Vice President and all civil Officers of the United States, shall be removed from Office on Impeachment for, and Conviction of, ...
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Is there any mechanism to remove a UK Prime Minister on the grounds of 'insanity'?

Prime Minister Theresa May has been under considerable pressure over her handling of Brexit. It's quite feasible that this type of pressure would have an impact on her mental health. Moreover within ...
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Doesn't the system of the Supreme Court oppose justice?

I'm new to US politics and the Judicial Branch in the US. First to clarify: I know that members of the supreme court get chosen by the president and therefore often share the same political views. I'm ...
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Constitutionally, how is the Thai Prime Minister chosen?

How is the Thai PM chosen in the next (March 2019) election? What is the procedure laid out in the Constitution? Wikipedia provides some information, however, it's not entirely clear to me how that ...
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Was the Corwin Amendment's use of the term “domestic institutions” intended to apply to more than just slavery?

The Corwin Amendment was a proposed amendment to the US Constitution introduced in March 2, 1861 as an attempt to end the Civil War. The text is as follows: No amendment shall be made to the ...
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What is the likely next step if three states ratify the Equal Rights Amendment after the deadline?

The Equal Rights Amendment was a proposed amendment to the US Constitution with a 1979 deadline, which Congress later extended to 1982. The amendment failed due to being 3 states short of the required ...
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If the 25th amendment gets revoked?

What would happen if the 25th gets revoked and say Trump does get impeached or falls ill and can not be president. Would we then vote for president for the years the active president would have had ...
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Can the US states veto Congress legislation?

As said in the title: Can the US states veto laws approved by the Congress? For instance, the Federal Aid Highway Act of 1956 while it gave 90% of the funding from a Highway Trust Fund, however, ...
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Arrest a Chief Justice of the U.S. Supreme Court? [closed]

Does a President have the delegated constitutional power to arrest a chief justice of the USA? President Abraham Lincoln did, but was persuaded not to issue his warrant by his cabinet members... Was ...
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How do “originalist” interpreters of the constitution cope with the 2nd amendment?

A well regulated Militia, being necessary to the security of a free State, the right of the people to keep and bear Arms, shall not be infringed. As far as I can see, from both the ...
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If a US Supreme Court Justice is physically unable to work, are any mechanisms in place to choose their successor?

There have been a few justices in the past that have "gone off their rockers" in the last few years of their careers, but from what I understand, unless they retire, they couldn't be replaced. But ...
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President as Commander-in-Chief vs Speaker of the House [closed]

Can the President as Commander-in-Chief curtail or direct the activities of the Speaker of the House? Also, can he presume in his mind that he knows what activities the Speaker is about to carry out ...
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Does a President have to be sworn in by a SCOTUS justice, if not then who has that authority?

I'm aware that by tradition a President is sworn in by a SCOTUS justice, but I'm wondering if this is necessary? My context is the show Designated Survivor. Absent SCOTUS, what if any provision is ...
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Regarding the Economically Weaker Section ( EWS ) 10% quota approved by the Indian Parliament

I am reading an article in a leading newspaper of India, in which the author says: As per the India Human Development Index ( IHDS ), the annual household incomes of 98% of households are less than ...
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Why is Economically Weaker Section not considered backward under Art 15 and Art 16 by Supreme Court?

I was watching a YouTube video explaining the need for 10% reservation for the Economically Weaker Section (EWS). In this video, the speaker explains that the Supreme Court of India doesn’t count ...
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What exactly constitutes a “religious test” as defined in the US Constitution?

Article 6 of the US Constitution states that no "religious test" can be required for any office or public trust. The Senators and Representatives before mentioned, and the Members of the several ...
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Why do bills with a veto-proof majority in Congress go to the President?

If a bill receives a veto-proof vote in Congress, why does it go to the President to sign or veto, only to go back to Congress in the case of a veto, instead of immediately becoming law? The ...
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What is importance of the Origination Clause?

The Origination Clause states that all bills for raising revenue must start in the House of Representatives, but the Senate may propose or concur with amendments as in the case of other bills. My ...
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How does voting in the US Senate work?

There were a number of confirmation hearings in the Senate where Mike Pence, as President of the Senate, cast the tie-breaking vote. That part is clear to me from the Constitution. Impeachment is ...
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Leading of National Assembly in case of absence

Who will be the presiding officer of National Assembly when both speaker and deputy speaker are absent in the National Assembly of Pakistan??
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Why doesn't the Presidential Pardon power extend to State Crimes?

Paragraph One of Article 2, Section 2 of the United States constitution contains the following text: "The President … shall have Power to grant Reprieves and Pardons for Offences against the United ...
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Why do laws restrict voting rights for felons long after their sentence is served?

In some states in the US convicted felons cannot vote, hold public office or serve on a jury, even though they completed their sentences many years ago and have not reoffended since. This seems ...
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Is much of what the US federal government does unconstitutional?

Heard the argument that since much of what the federal government does these days - Freddie Mac, Social Security, Medicare, you name it - is not within explicitly listed Enumerated Powers in the ...
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What happens if nominated candidate is not confirmed by the senate?

As far as I understand it the US cabinet is nominated by the president, but the senate has to consent to the nominees. The same applies applies to judges of the Supreme Court. But what happens if the ...
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Can federal courts overrule North Carolina's vote ID constitutional amendment?

North Carolina voters approved a voter ID amendment to the state constitution; I assume that carries more weight than the voter ID laws that have already been overturned, but can the federal court ...
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What are the rules, laws, and procedures to approve and remove press members from white house press conferences?

In November 2018, an event in American politics involved a certain reporter for CNN, Jim Acosta, having his press credentials revoked by the White House, thereby barring his access to the White House ...
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National Reconciliation Ordinance (2007) [closed]

In Pakistan constitution General Pervaiz Musharraf introduces the NRO (2007)and in other countries it’s a possible to give NRO to the politicians ?? And if it is possible how many countries have been ...
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What's the difference between democratic republics and republics? [closed]

According to Democracy vs Republic In a Republic, All eligible citizens get equal say in decisions with protection of unalienable rights to individuals and Most modern nations—including ...
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Can both US Senators from a state be elected at the same time?

I understand the US constitution mandates three rolling 'classes' of nearly equal numbers of Senators be elected every two years, each for 6 year terms. The convention has been to not elect both ...
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Did the framers of the US Constitution foresee huge differences in representation in the Senate, such as between California and Wyoming?

Wyoming currently has a population of about 600 thousand people, while California has a population of almost 40 million, yet each have two senators. Hence, it could be argued that a person in Wyoming ...
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If a law is found to be unconstitutional; can an amendment to the state constitution matter?

In the general sense, let's say a state law is passed, and the courts decide that the law is unconstitutional because the United States constitution prohibits such laws. Can a state amend its own ...
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Were the Framers of the United States Constitution citizens of the United States at its ratification? [closed]

The 2020 United States Census will ask respondents if they are citizens, a question that has inspired multiple law suits in an attempt to prevent the use of the question. Census Citizenship Question ...
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When are people born in the United States not “subject to its jurisdiction”?

The 14th amendment to the US constitution begins with this text: All persons born or naturalized in the United States, and subject to the jurisdiction thereof, are citizens of the United States ...
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How does the UK deal with freedom of the press?

Information relevant to matters under valid law-enforcement investigation or national-security matters may have valid reasons to be treated carefully by a government. Unregulated details, such as ...
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Is the U.S. Constitution a religious-based document if it was written to be in alignment with Judeo-Christian morals and values?

If the founding fathers wrote the original U.S. Constitution to be in alignment with Judeo-Christian morals and values, does this mean that it was indirectly a religious-based document, and if so, ...
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What does Kanye (Ye) West actually mean by “Abolish the 13th Amendment”?

On his Saturday Night Live appearance on the 29th of September 2018, Kanye West spoke on "abolishing the 13th amendment". (This may have been stewing for a while, but that is when I first became ...
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Why was excluding Australian Aboriginal populations from the Race Power considered racist?

Section 51(xxvi) of the Australian Constitution originally read, The people of any race, other than the aboriginal race in any State, for whom it is deemed necessary to make special laws: I hope ...