So far we have looked mainly at broad concepts and ideas in comparative politics, including theoretical approaches and research methods. We now focus on institutions, opening in this chapter with a review of constitutions and the courts that support them. Constitutions tell us much about the goals and purposes of government, as well as the rights of citizens, while courts strive to make sure that these rules are respected and equally applied. Just as humans are imperfect, so are the political institutions they create and manage; there are significant gaps, in other words, between constitutional ideals and practice.
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