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Part IV Architecture, Ch.28 Internal Ordering in the Unitary State

Sergio Bartole

From: The Oxford Handbook of Comparative Constitutional Law

Edited By: Michel Rosenfeld, András Sajó

From: Oxford Constitutions (http://oxcon.ouplaw.com). (c) Oxford University Press, 2015. All Rights Reserved.date: 13 August 2020

The word ‘state’ (as well as similar words in other languages: the German ‘Staat’, the French ‘État’, the Italian ‘Stato’, etc) has many meanings even in the legal language, which is generally technically accurate and unambiguous. As such, it allows for frequent misunderstandings. An important distinction of meaning deserves underlining in view of the focus of this chapter. On the one hand, the word ‘state’ is frequently used to refer to the free and independent association of a people in a territory under an organized and stable authority. On the other hand,...
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