Constitutional government Constitutional government is defined by the existence of a constitution—which may be a legal instrument or merely a set of fixed norms or principles generally accepted as the fundamental law of the polity—that effectively controls the exercise of political power. The essence of constitutionalism is the control of power by its distribution among several state organs or offices in such a way that they are each subjected to reciprocal controls and forced to cooperate in formulating the will of the state. Although constitutional government in this sense flourished in England and in some other historical systems for a considerable period, it is only recently that it has been associated with forms of mass participation in politics.
This is especially true of the United Kingdom because its history has been very different from most other nations and, as a result, its political system is very different from most other nations too.
Like its unwritten constitution, the British state evolved over time. We probably need to start in when William the Conqueror from Normandy invaded what we now call England, defeated the Anglo-Saxon King Harold and established a Norman dynasty. The Normans were not satisfied with conquering England and, over the next few centuries, tried to conquer Ireland, Wales and Scotland.
They succeeded with the first two and failed with the last despite several wars over the centuries.
By one of those ironical twists of history, when Queen Elizabeth of England died inshe was succeeded by her cousin James VI, King of Scots who promptly decamped from Edinburgh and settled in London as King James I of England while keeping his Scots title and running Scotland by remote control.
Regal pickings were more lucrative in his southern capital. A century later the Scottish economic and political elite bankrupted themselves on the Darien Scheme and agreed to a scheme of Union between England and Scotland to make themselves solvent again and so Great Britain with one Parliament based in London came into being.
The Irish parliament was abolished in with Ireland returning members to Westminster and the new political entity was the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Ireland. The southern Catholic Irish never reconciled themselves to being ruled by the English and rebelled in and gained independence in Not a snappy name.
Meanwhile, although the Normans were the last to mount a successful invasion of the country, there were plenty of other plans to conquer the nation, notably the Spanish under King Philip II inthe French under Napoleon inand the Germans under Hitler in Furthermore, in recent centuries, Britain has not had a revolution of the kind experienced by so many other countries.
Some might argue that the English Civil War was the nation's revolution and - athough it was three and a half centuries ago - it did bring about a major shift in power, but the main constitutional consequence - the abolition of the monarchy - only lasted 11 years and the Restoration of the Monarchy has so far lasted years although it is now, of course, a very different monarchy.
There was a time in British history which we call the Glorious Revolution but it was a very English revolution, in the sense that nobody died, if a rather Dutch revolution in that it saw William of Orange take the throne.
So the British have never had anything equivalent to the American Revolution or the French Revolution, they have not been colonised in a millennium but rather been the greatest colonisers in history, and in neither of the two world wars were they invaded or occupied. For almost 1, years, Britain has not been invaded or occupied for any length of time or over any substantial territory as the last successful invasion of England was in by the Normans.
Is this true of any other country in the world? I can only think of Sweden. To simplify British political history very much, it has essentially been a struggle to shift political power and accountability from the all-powerful king - who claimed that he obtained his right to rule from God - to a national parliament that was increasingly representative of ordinary people and accountable to ordinary people.
There have been many milestones along this long and troubled road to full democracy. A key date in this evolution was when King John was forced to sign the Magna Carta which involved him sharing power with the barons.
This is regarded as the first statement of citizen rights in the world - although Hungarians are proud of the Golden Bull of just seven years later.
The so-called Model Parliament was summoned by King Edward I in and is regarded as the first representative assembly. Unlike the absolute monarchs of other parts of Europe, the King of England required the approval of Parliament to tax his subjects and so, then as now, central to the exercise of power was the ability to raise funds.
The bicameral nature of the British Parliament - Commons and Lords - emerged in and the two-chamber model of the legislature has served as a template in very many other parliamentary systems.
The Bill of Rights of - which is still in effect - lays down limits on the powers of the crown and sets out the rights of Parliament and rules for freedom of speech in Parliament, the requirement for regular elections to Parliament, and the right to petition the monarch without fear of retribution.I.
Democracy as a Political System of Competition for Power. Government is based on the consent of the governed. In a democracy, the people are sovereign—they are the highest form of political authority.
This is why it takes a lot of time to organize a good, democratic election. Any country can hold an election, but for an election. What is the Best Political system the world has seen so far? Update Cancel.
Mixed-market federalist representative parliamentary constitutional democracies have proven themselves to be the best and most durable forms of government. From an ideological point of view, the people should have a right to rule themselves rather than be ruled by.
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