American idea of constitutions and constitutional government focus upon constitutions as written documents, serving as fundamental or higher law, containing statements of rights, and unchanging but subject to interpretation. British see constitutions as evolving over long periods of time, e.g., documents from Magna Carta on; rights as embodied in common law or established by Parliament, rights emerging from experience , culture, and tradition.

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