ERIC Number: ED336332
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1990-Mar
Constitutional and Non-Constitutional Governments...Similarities and Differences throughout History. Resource Packet.
Pallasch, Brian Thomas
This civic education resource packet is designed to provide teachers, community leaders, and other civic educators with an understanding of the differences between constitutional and non-constitutional governments. Six papers discussing the topic are included: "The Differences bewteen Constitutional and Non-Constitutional Governments" (John Patrick and Richard Remy); "On The Need for a Constitution" (James Madison); "Constitutionalism--Historical Background" (Herman Belz); "Differences between Authoritarian and Totalitarian Governments" (Jeanne Kirkpatrick); "Definition of Totalitarian Government" (Carl J. Friedrich); and "Constitutionalism and Peace" (Immanuel Kant). The document provides resources for developing materials, programs, and curricula to promote civic literacy. The material discusses and explains: (1) similarities and differences among constitutional and non-constitutional governments in terms of limitations on powers; (2) similarities in terms of the means governments use to maintain the legitimacy of authority and treatment of dissent; and (3) the examination of historical and contemporary governments and a determination as to whether they are constitutional or non-constitutional. Questions for discussion, suggested readings, other materials, and a list of organizations with related resources conclude the document. (NL)
Descriptors: Citizenship Responsibility, Curriculum Guides, Instructional Development, Political Science, Political Socialization, Secondary Education, Social Studies, United States History, Values Clarification, Western Civilization
Council for the Advancement of Citizenship, 1724 Massachusetts Avenue NW, Suite 300, Washington, DC 20036 ($5.00).
Publication Type: Guides - Classroom - Teacher; Historical Materials
Education Level: N/A
Audience: Teachers; Practitioners
Sponsor: United States Inst. of Peace, Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: Council for the Advancement of Citizenship, Washington, DC.
Note: Intended to be used with "CIVITAS: A Framework for Civic Education." For related documents, see SO 030 206-207.