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Доктринальная характеристика предмета конституционного права как фактор укрепления или преодоления отраслевой дисфункции

И. Алебастрова

On the basis of a critical analysis of modern concepts of the object of con- stitutional law, the author presents her own concept. In accordance with it, the object of constitutional law covers two elements. The first element in- cludes political relations originally intended to restrict the state power by means of putting it under the people’s control (mostly these are political relations within which public authorities are placed under the control of the people). The second element covers social relations of great impor- tance to the society, which concern various spheres of life (economical, cultural, social, etc.). The author proves that those two elements of consti- tutional law subject are united, but not identical. The relations of the first group are directly related to the original idea of the constitution phenome- non, which is the restriction of the state power. Thus, any constitution reg- ulates these relations in a more detailed way as compared to the other kinds of social relations, with other sources of constitutional law focusing solely on these political relations. Nonpolitical social relations are ad- dressed by constitutions in a very short and generic way (while more de- tailed regulations can be found in the legal norms of other branches of law). The unity of the object of constitutional law has a historical founda- tion. A constitution occurred as a system of state power limitations. On the one hand, the number of those limitations has gradually increased. Conse- quently, around a constitution a whole new branch of law has evolved – the branch that we call today constitutional law. On the other hand, in the XXth century constitutional texts started to include norms designed to solve significant matters other than the restriction of the state power (rela- tions between nations and religious communities, in the field of education, labor, etc.). As a result, the scientific characteristics of the object of consti- tutional law has changed: constitutional law has been defined as the fun- damental branch of law regulating the relations of the greatest signifi- cance. The author objects to that definition because it helps to legitimize any type of state power including autocracy, id est it goes against the origi- nal purpose of a constitution as such and might lead to a strengthening of constitutional dysfunction.