Investigation: Comparing Constitutions
AP U.S. Government and Politics, Daniel Burns
The paragraphs below are from our course textbook showing a sample investigation.
Take a look at the Russian Constitution. Remember that the Soviet Union (the Union of Soviet Socialist Republics, or USSR) collapsed in 1991. In the aftermath of that collapse, the newly independent nation states of the former USSR developed their own constitutions. The Russian Constitution bears a surprising resemblance to the U.S. Constitution. While the governmental structure and rights of citizenship seem similar, on deeper inspection small distinctions come to light. Just what are the differences between these two constitutions, and how might they lead to very different political cultures in the two countries?
One way to compare the countries’ political atmospheres is to look at political and media freedoms. While both the United States and Russian Constitutions promise free speech and liberty, ultimately the two interpret this very differently, as the following resource explains. See Freedom House's Freedom in the World Map.
For the full investigation, go to http://www.webtexts.com/courses/3827-ideas/traditional_book/chapters/2078176-the-founding-and-constitution/pages/2078174-comparing-constitutions
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