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Imre Kovacs, New Elements in the Evolution of Socialist Constitutions (Budapest, 1968) pp. 109-13; see also Andrei Vyshinsky, The Law of the Soviet State, trans. H. W. Babb (New York, 1948) pp. 74-89, and Ott6 Bihari, Socialist Representative Institutions (Budapest, 1970) pp. 158-87. 64. Bodo Dennewitz and Boris Meissner, Die Verfassung der modernen Staaten, 4 vo1s (Hamburg, 1947-9). The classifications are introduced in vol. I, pp. 9-11, and treated more fully in vol. m, pp. 7-24; there is an extensive bibliography in vol.

80 which see constitutional change, involving fundamental changes in the character of the state, as concomitant with certain stages of political development, and as part of the reality of the political process. How does Akzin's model serve these cases? Where is the dividing line here between 'flexibility' and 'adaptation to change', and 'instability' and fragility'? (v) Loewenstein (ipse dixit) dismisses Akzin's efforts summarily in a far-flung footnote: 'Though focusing on ontological elements, the criterion appears too mechanical.

Chap. 15, and M. J. C. Vile, Constitutionalism and the Separation qf Powers (Oxford, 1967). 50 13. See below, Select Bibliography, [1]-[29]. 14. See above, note 2. 15. Bryce, Studies, I 148. Compare this with the distinction made by Hans Kelsen, General Theory of Law and State, rev. ed. (New York, 1960) p. 260: 'The distinction made by traditional theory between "written" and "unwritten" constitutions is, from a juristic point of view, the distinction between constitutions the norms of which are created by legislative acts and constitutions whose norms are created by custom.

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