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HOW DOES THE U.S. CONSTITUTION TRANSLATE OUTSIDE “THE LAND OF THE FREE AND HOME OF THE BRAVE?” (cont'd)

But if we were to write our own constitution over again, would we leave out administrative agencies, congressional committees (particularly conference committees), lower federal courts, the central bank, political parties? Despite the fact that most countries in the world now have written constitutions (a development that itself dates largely from the end of the Second World War), very few places in the world follow the American constitution in its details because most have realized that a more complete plan of government is necessary and that it is necessary for later harmonious politics to take more elements of the structure out of the realm of political bargaining.

Nonetheless, America was the first place to get a written national constitution as a result of a basically representative constitutional assembly - and that is what has been followed around the world. We shouldn't forget that America was followed just a few short years later, in 1791, by constituent assemblies that produced written constitutions in France and Poland. After that, holding a constitutional assembly to write a new constitution became the way to change government deliberately, though it took more than a century before such efforts were routinely successful. The American constitution has been a model more for the way it was written than for what it concretely contains."

 
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