Constitutional Conventions Quiz

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What are constitutional conventions?

In which states are government functions guided more by constitutional convention than by formal written constitutions?

What may be different from what the formal constitutional documents describe in states with constitutional conventions?

How do constitutional conventions arise?

Are constitutional conventions enforced by courts of law?

Do constitutional conventions operate alongside written constitutions in all states?

Do constitutional conventions evolve or change over time?

In which countries do constitutional conventions exist?

Are constitutional conventions still of vital importance in states with a single overarching constitutional document?

Summary

Constitutional conventions are informal and uncodified traditions followed by state institutions. In some states, government functions are guided more by constitutional convention than by formal written constitutions. The actual distribution of power in these states may be different from what the formal constitutional documents describe. Some constitutional conventions operate alongside written constitutions, while others are still of vital importance in states lacking a single overarching constitutional document. Constitutional conventions arise when the exercise of a certain type of power arouses opposition that makes it impossible to engage in further exercises of this power. Constitutional conventions are not enforced by courts of law, as they often conflict with legal rules. Some conventions evolve or change over time, but they are rarely broken. Constitutional conventions exist in many countries, including Australia, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Canada, Denmark, France, Germany, Lebanon, Malaysia, New Zealand, Norway, Spain, Switzerland, the United Kingdom, and the United States.

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How well do you know constitutional conventions? Test your knowledge of these informal and uncodified traditions that guide government functions in some states. Explore the differences between constitutional conventions and formal written constitutions, and learn about their importance in various countries around the world. This quiz will challenge your understanding of constitutional conventions and their role in shaping the distribution of power in different political systems. Ideal for students of political science, law, or anyone interested in the workings of government institutions.

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