2.7 Adopting and implementing the constitution

Having discussed how the content of a constitution is arrived at, including how the people are involved, we turn to the closing tasks of a process—the formal adoption and coming into force of a constitution, and the process of making a document a reality: implementation.

Adopting turns out to be surprisingly complicated, and may involve a number of separate steps. They are all legally significant steps, but they may be full of symbolism and political significance as well.

Implementation is also a legal process—one of making laws and creating institutions that will have an impact on the country and the way it is governed. But it also is a political issue, and it is a matter of attitudes and will as much as of law.