Constitution of the People’s Republic of China

(1982)

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Impact

The impact of the new constitution is difficult to measure. The document is more of a presentation of ideas and policies than a strictly legal document that changed precedent. The constitution informs the law, but the constitution itself does not have a separate legal status that is enforced. Changes have been introduced, however. Obviating the need for a new constitution every time a new leader gained power, the 1982 constitution allowed for amendments to be made while leaving...