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Constitution and constitutionalism

Moten, Abdul Rashid (2008) Constitution and constitutionalism. In: Government and Politics in Malaysia. Cengage Learning Asia Pte Ltd., Singapore, pp. 47-62. ISBN 978-981-4239-27-1; 981-4239-27-5

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A constitution is a body of formal and effective rules and regulations that govern the relationship between people and formal institutions of a state. It is a body of fundamental rules which determines the organisation or structure of the government, and determines the relations among the organs of the government. It also contains a statement of the rights and duties of the citizens of the country. In democratic systems, the constitution is considered a fundamental social contract among citizens, where government receives its powers from the people and is bound by an express set of human rights. The constitution is thus considered a statute superior to "ordinary" statutes, which it can overrule, and is usually protected by special courts. This chapter analyses the nature and features of the Constitution of Malaysia and examines the way the Constitution produces a government limited by law.

Item Type: Book Chapter
Additional Information: 1667/29785
Uncontrolled Keywords: Malaysia, politics, government, constitution
Subjects: D History General and Old World > DS Asia
J Political Science > JQ Political institutions Asia
Kulliyyahs/Centres/Divisions/Institutes (Can select more than one option. Press CONTROL button): Kulliyyah of Islamic Revealed Knowledge and Human Sciences > Department of Political Science
Depositing User: Professor Abdul Rashid Moten
Date Deposited: 11 Apr 2013 17:08
Last Modified: 17 Nov 2014 15:09
URI: http://irep.iium.edu.my/id/eprint/29785

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