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The documents were assessed with the basis on two hundred and thirty seven variables, with the main focus on human rights. The results showed that references to the US constitution were dropping in the drafting of constitutions globally. This paper aims to discuss the reasons for this decline in influence, as well as why Americans should be worried about it.
In comparison to a generic bill of rights collated from sixty human rights in over 70% of constitutions globally up to 2006, the constitution of the US guarantees relatively few rights (Amar & Tushnet, 2009). The US constitution contains less than a half of the generic rights bill, for example, health care or women’s rights. In contrast, the US constitution is rooted in a tradition of constitutional libertarianism inherently antithetical to any notion of positive rights. Freedoms of the press and self-expression, a guarantee of equality, the right to privacy and the right to private property can be found in approximately 97% of all constitutions (Amar & Tushnet, 2009). In 10% or less of these constitutions, present rights included rights for the right to bear arms, the legal protection of fetuses and the victims of cruelty. The other constitutions, which feature the right to bear arms, are those of Mexico and Guatemala.
The 1990s, during which the cold war ended, saw a period of constitution making in Eastern Europe, Asia, and Africa, and with victory in the cold war, it might have been expected to see America’s constitution influence the writing of these constitutions. However, this was not so, with a noticeable decline in relative similarity to the constitution of the United States (Amar & Tushnet, 2009).
While the average constitution possesses a 38% chance of revision in any year, with replacement every nineteen years, the constitution of the US has only been amended once in the last forty years, having survived for two centuries (Fletcher & Sheppard, 2009). In many
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U.S. Government and Politics: Constitution
The U.S. cannot be said to be a democracy without its Constitution otherwise there will be strong possibility of the country taking a turn towards fascism, communism or despotic rule. It cannot be denied that the rule of law is the foundation of freedom because it creates limits on the government in terms of violating the rights and freedoms of citizens.
The format that this paper will utilize is to first identify topic sentences and then proceed to answer the questions using a paragraph structure. Without question it was recognized by the original authors of the U.S. constitution that changes were eventually going to be needed in order to accommodate the changes in the needs of the nation.
As a 'global' issue, some of the more salient contrasting facts about women's living conditions in the Developing World or China, Africa, and Islam with be posited against how progress has been made in the US. It will be argued that however much there is both legislative equality or the legal ideal of it in the US, in practice there are some important limitations to the so called progress that has occurred from the time of the right to vote to the present.
In such a mixed population, different cultures exist. Culture denotes all characteristics that make a certain group of people distinct from the rest. These characteristics are mostly those learned but not naturally acquired. With all the different races having varying cultural aspects, co-existence is tasking.
Therefore, issues arising from these three areas will affect criminal justice systems either positively or negatively. Globalization is one factor that affects criminal justice systems gravely. This is because; globalization has made the whole world be like a small village.
Their respective military might dictated the imperatives of their refraining from direct military engagement with one another and hence, the conflict between them took the form of a Cold War - a war which did not translate into direct military confrontation.
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