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Study Notes

The Impact of the US Constitution Today

Level:
A Level
Board:
AQA, Edexcel

The Constitution of the US is over 200 years old, yet has managed to stand the test of time and is still in use today. Supreme Court decisions refer back to the Constitution and many of the provisions outlined regularly rear their heads in contemporary politics.

Strong Impact of the Constitution

Weak Impact of the Constitution

Term Limits: Presidential term limits have had a long history in US politics and have become firmly entrenched in society.

Amendment Process: The long and difficult process of constitutional amendment results in little lasting change in modern US politics

Judicial Review: The power of judicial review on executive actions is still proving the strong impact of the checks and balances such as the halting of the Trump Travel Ban.

Check on Executive Power: The vagueness of the Constitution in terms of executive power has resulted in the growth of the executive office and the powers of the President

Trial by Jury: Firmly established legal rights such as right to a fair trial and trial by jury showcase the strong impact that the Constitution has upon modern US society

Judicial Review: The Constitution makes no mention of Judicial Review in the text, so its impact upon the working of the judiciary is limited with progress here down to the judiciary

 

War Powers: The Constitution gives the power to declare war to Congress, yet it is often the US President who declares war and sends US forces into military situations.

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