Constitutional Political Economy in a Public Choice Perspective / Edition 1

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Constitutional political economy is a research program that directs inquiry to the working properties of rules and institutions within which individuals interact and to the processes through which these rules and institutions are chosen or come into being. This book makes the case for an approach to constitutional political economy that is grounded in consistent, hard-nosed public choice analysis. Effective institutional design is simply not feasible unless the designers build their structures to withstand rational choice pressures from the political market place. If mean, sensual man is here to stay, then let us, in our better moments, incorporate that knowledge into the institutions that must govern his behavior. A distinguished list of public choice scholars pursue this approach against a varying backcloth of constitutional issues relevant to the United States, Canada, Western Europe, the transition economies and the third world.

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Public choice scholars pursue their approach against a varying backdrop of constitutional issues relevant to the US, Canada, Western Europe, the transition economies, and the third world. Topics include constitutions for new democracies; the balanced budget amendment; the prohibition-repeal amendments; term limits and electoral competitiveness; choosing free trade without amending the U.S. Constitution; marginal cost sharing and the Articles of Confederation; the (relative) unimportance of a balanced budget; and ecologically based taxation. No index. Annotation c. by Book News, Inc., Portland, Or.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780792344971
  • Publisher: Springer Netherlands
  • Publication date: 3/31/1997
  • Edition description: Reprinted from PUBLIC CHOICE, 90:1-4, 1997
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 324
  • Product dimensions: 0.81 (w) x 6.14 (h) x 9.21 (d)

Table of Contents

Introduction: The Relevance of Public Choice for Constitutional Political Economy; C.K. Rowley. Positive Constitutional Economics: A Survey; S. Voigt. Constitutions for New Democracies: Reflections of Turmoil or Agents of Stability; P.C. Ordeshook. Toward a New Constitution for a Future Country; M.J. Bailey. The Balanced Budget Amendment: Clarifying the Arguments; J.M. Buchanan. The Prohibition-Repeal Amendments: A Natural Experiment in Interest Group Influence; M. Munger, T. Schaller. Term Limits and Electoral Competitiveness: Evidence from California's State Legislative Races; K. Daniel, J.R. Lott, Jr. Choosing Free Trade Without Amending the U.S. Constitution; W. Thorbecke. Marginal Cost Sharing and the Articles of Confederation; K.L. Dougherty, M.J.G. Cain. On the (relative) Unimportance of a Balanced Budget; L. Razzolini, W.F. Shughart II. Public Choice in a Federal System; J.-L. Migue. Federalism and the European Union: A Constitutional Perspective; D.C. Mueller. Subsidiarity and Ecologically Based Taxation: A European Constitutional Perspective; J.G. Backhaus. Rule and Policy Spaces and Economic Progress: Lessons from Third World Countries; G.W. Scully.

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