The term ‘constitution’, nowadays commonplace in political language with all its shades of meaning, dates back primarily to the Ancient World. Until the beginning of seventeenth century, the term remained characterised by a rather narrow and non-normative impetus. In the course of the ongoing political changes in England during the seventeenth century, however, a crucial semantic change took place. It was the Glorious Revolution of 1688/1689 which speeded up the transformation process of ‘constitution’ into a normative and ideological notion, indicating specific immanent features. Increasingly, the criteria of right and wrong, just and unjust were established, and discourse on ‘constitution’ became a point of conflict. The era of ‘modern constitutionalism’ had finally arrived.


French Revolution Constitutional System Political Language Specific Immanent Feature French Constitution 
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© Markus J. Prutsch 2013

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  • Markus J. Prutsch
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  1. 1.European ParliamentBelgium

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