In the 1950s and 1960s, the study of constitutions and constitutional issues became distinctly unfashionable. Political analysts turned instead to what were seen as deeper political realities, such as political culture, and the distribution of economic and social power. to be interested in constitutions was to perpetuate an outdated, legalistic and, frankly, boring approach to politics – to focus on how a political system portrays itself, rather than on how it actually works. since the 1970s, however, constitutional questions have moved to the centre of the political stage. developed and developing states have adopted new constitutions, and political confl ict has increasingly been expressed in terms of calls for constitutional reform. this has occurred because constitutional change has far-reaching implications, aff ecting not just how decisions are made within government but also the balance of political forces that shape these decisions. nevertheless, there is considerable debate about how constitutions should be confi gured and about the nature and extent of their political signifi cance.
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