UK and USA Constitution comparison

US Constitution has parts which can be thought of as unwritten. The right for any couple to marry regardless of sexual orientation Supreme Court ruling of Obergefell and Hodges 2015
The UK has unwritten sources such as conventions
1 of 11
US disperses power through federalism
Although the UK Westminster Parliament is sovereign, Northern Ireland, Scotland and Wales have their own assemblies with devolved powers
2 of 11
US constitution has entrenched clauses. Article V, which states there will be universal suffrage
Parliament Acts 1911 and 1949 described as entrenched clauses of UK uncodified constitution
3 of 11
If there was a united government in the US with a large majority constitutional changes could take place (this is rare)
UK constitutional changes only happen under major governments such as Tony Blair government 1997-2007
4 of 11
American constitution is codified
UK has an uncodified constitution
5 of 11
US constitution sets out strict system of separation of powers
UK has a fusion of powers
6 of 11
US constitution is presidential
Uk has a parliamentary constitution
7 of 11
America needs 2/3 states and the senate myst agree for an amendment to be added
For a bill to become a law and part of the constitution passed and voted on in parliament
8 of 11
American Supreme Court can declare primary legislature for executive acts or Acts of Congress
The Supreme Court in UK cannot declare primary legislation from parliament as unconstitutional
9 of 11
Amendments to the USA has gained little support. 4/12 approved in House of Representatives. None agreed upon in senate since 1995
Constitutional changes in Uk, devolution and constitutional reform act 2005
10 of 11
USA constitution sets out the enumerated powers of congress
Powers of UK parliament are harder to find (statue law, conventions and common law)
11 of 11

Other cards in this set

Card 2

Front

Although the UK Westminster Parliament is sovereign, Northern Ireland, Scotland and Wales have their own assemblies with devolved powers

Back

US disperses power through federalism

Card 3

Front

Parliament Acts 1911 and 1949 described as entrenched clauses of UK uncodified constitution

Back

Preview of the back of card 3

Card 4

Front

UK constitutional changes only happen under major governments such as Tony Blair government 1997-2007

Back

Preview of the back of card 4

Card 5

Front

UK has an uncodified constitution

Back

Preview of the back of card 5
View more cards

Comments

No comments have yet been made

Similar Government & Politics resources:

See all Government & Politics resources »See all USA electoral processes resources »