The Citizen Handbook


Understanding Constitutions

Constitutionalism & the Rule of Law

The rule of law is the principle that all people and institutions are subject and accountable to law fairly applied and enforced by the government.Constitutionalism refers to society’s adherence to the principles of the constitution. It seeks to prevent undemocratic governance and intends to guarantee the liberty and rights of individuals on which free society depends. In other words, the purpose of constitutionalism is to ensure that those who govern do so within the rules that prescribed by the constitution and the law. Moreover, constitutionalism requires both citizens and leaders to be aware of their rights and responsibilities as prescribed in the constitution.?

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