PS103 Focal Concepts Sheet Five

PS103 Focal Concepts Sheet Five - PS103 U.S. Political...

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PS103 Dr. Mitchel Gerber U.S. Political Systems FOCAL CONCEPTS SHEET FIVE: THE FLEXIBILITY OF THE U.S. CONSTITUTION 1. The Intent of the Framers in Designing a Flexible Legal Framework The framers of the US Constitution had the conscious objective of designing a legal framework or constitution that would be sufficiently flexible to enable government to evolve and adjust with changing situations and human needs. The framers’ hybrid political philosophy of classical liberalism and republicanism was shaped overall by the enlightenment principles of reform, rationalism, secularism, science, optimism, progress, and humanism. This political philosophical perspective shaped the context of the framers’ understanding of constitutional flexibility. 2. Operative Significance of the Principle of Constitutional Generalities This principle refers to the concept that the very text or language of the constitutions tends to be general, open-ended and not very precise or detailed. This constitutional principle results in
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This note was uploaded on 04/17/2008 for the course PS 103 taught by Professor Gerber during the Spring '08 term at Southeast Missori State University.

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PS103 Focal Concepts Sheet Five - PS103 U.S. Political...

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