The Strategic Constitution

The Strategic Constitution

by Robert D. Cooter
     
 

"This is a superb synthesis, application, and extension of four decades of research in economics and political science on the effects of formal political institutions on economics, law, and politics. Cooter is extraordinarily adept at crossing the disciplinary boundaries among economics, law, and politics. The book will be a wonderful textbook for advanced

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"This is a superb synthesis, application, and extension of four decades of research in economics and political science on the effects of formal political institutions on economics, law, and politics. Cooter is extraordinarily adept at crossing the disciplinary boundaries among economics, law, and politics. The book will be a wonderful textbook for advanced undergraduates and graduate students in the three disciplines. Moreover, many of Cooter's original arguments will generate considerable interest among leading social scientists as well. The scope of the book is simply breathtaking."—Geoffrey Garrett, Yale University

"I found this book to be incredibly stimulating. The field of law and economics is always a provocative source of ideas, forcing even the most reluctant consumer to rethink her own views and be more precise about articulating them as she works out a reply to the economic analysis on offer. Cooter's analyses of constitutional law problems are no exception to this, and any good student or sophisticated reader will develop ideas or arguments that are much better grounded for having thought his analyses through."—Bruce Chapman, University of Toronto

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780691096209
Publisher:
Princeton University Press
Publication date:
03/18/2002
Pages:
440
Product dimensions:
6.10(w) x 9.10(h) x 1.10(d)

Table of Contents

DETAILED CONTENTS ix

LIST OF ILLUSTRATIONS xv

LIST OF TABLES xvii

PREFACE AND ACKNOWLEDGMENTS xix

CHAPTER 1. Taking Consequences Seriously: Introduction 1

PART I: PROCESSES OF GOVERNMENT: VOTING, BARGAINING, ADMINISTERING 15

CHAPTER 2. Voting 17

CHAPTER 3. Bargaimng 51

CHAPTER 4. Administering 79

PART II: THE OPTIMAL NUMBER OF GOVERNMENTS 101

CHAPTER 5. Intergovernmental Relations

CHAPTER 6. Government Competition 127

CHAPTER 7. Ministries and Agencies

PART III: OPTIMAL DIVISION OF POWERS

CHAPTER 8. Specialization 173

CHAPTER 9. Separation of Powers 211

PART IV: OPTIMAL RIGHTS 241

CHAPTER 10. The Value of Rights 243

CHAPTER 11. Philosophies of Rights: Liberty and Redistribution 261

CHAPTER 12. Property Rights 279

CHAPTER 13. Free Speech 309

CHAPTER 14. Civil Rights 333

CHAPTER 15. Summary and Conclusion 359

BIBLIOGRAPHY 381

GENERAL INDEX 399

INDEX OF NAMES 409

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