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date: 19 February 2019

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This article looks at constitutions. The status and function of constitutions are discussed in the first section of the chapter. It then discusses implementing key founding bargains and structuring the exercise of power. The next sections talk about creating affirmative government obligations, constitutional interpretation and change, the modes of argument, and interpretation and legitimacy. The article ends with several directions for future research on the subject.

Keywords: constitutions, status, function, founding bargains, exercise of power, government obligations, modes of argument, legitimacy

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