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What is a constitution?

How constitutions work
6'26" 10 September 2014 International IDEA Stockholm

This film was made by International IDEA, to explain the importance of constitutions, and the role they play in underpinning the state. A constitution provides rules about how the country is run. It ensures that the state’s power is dispersed between different bodies and individuals, and that citizens’ rights are upheld.

A constitution provides the basis for governance in a country, which is essential to making sure that everyone’s interests and needs are addressed. It determines how laws are made, and details the process by which the government rules.


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