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Design of Constitutions

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Edited by: Stefan Voigt

ISBN13: 9780857937902
Published: December 2012
Publisher: Edward Elgar Publishing Limited
Country of Publication: UK
Format: Hardback
Price: £266.00



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Almost anywhere in the world, new constitutions are written and passed at almost any time. Over the last couple of years, an increasing number of economists have analysed constitutions based on an economic approach with an emphasis firstly on the (economic) effects of constitutions and followed by the factors determining their content. The contributions assembled in this volume go one step further: they ask how the knowledge gained over the last number of years can usefully be applied to constitutional design. This new branch could also be termed applied constitutional economics. Along with an original introduction, Professor Voigt has compiled a valuable research collection that will be of interest to scholars and practitioners in this growing field.

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Subjects:
Constitutional and Administrative Law
Contents:
Acknowledgements
Introduction Stefan Voigt

PART I GETTING STARTED: STATE OF THE ART AND CONCEPTUAL ISSUES
1. Dennis C. Mueller (2005), 'Constitutional Political Economy in the European Union'
2. Donald L. Horowitz (2002), 'Constitutional Design: Proposals Versus Processes'
3. Arend Lijphart (2002), 'The Wave of Power-Sharing Democracy'

PART II THE RELEVANCE OF PROCEDURE FOR -
4. Jon Elster (1995), 'Forces and Mechanisms in the Constitution-Making Process'
5. Stefan Voigt (2004), 'The Consequences of Popular Participation in Constitutional Choice - Towards a Comparative Analysis'
6. John M. Carey (2009), 'Does It Matter How a Constitution Is Created?'
7. Tom Ginsburg, Zachary Elkins and Justin Blount (2009), 'Does the Process of Constitution-Making Matter?'

PART III BASIC RIGHTS
8. Lorenz Blume and Stefan Voigt (2007), 'The Economic Effects of Human Rights'
9. Avi Ben-Bassat and Momi Dahan (2008), 'Social Rights in the Constitution and in Practice'

PART IV STATE ORGANIZATION A ELECTORAL SYSTEMS
10. Torsten Persson, Gerard Roland and Guido Tabellini (2007), 'Electoral Rules and Government Spending in Parliamentary Democracies'
11. Davide Ticchi and Andrea Vindigni (2010), 'Endogenous Constitutions'
B FORM OF GOVERNMENT
12. Torsten Persson, Gerard Roland and Guido Tabellini (1997), 'Separation of Powers and Political Accountability'
13. Philippe Aghion, Alberto Alesina and Francesco Trebbi (2004), 'Endogenous Political Institutions'
C THE STRUCTURE OF THE LEGISLATURE: BICAMERALISM
14. Roger D. Congleton (2006), 'On the Merits of Bicameral Legislatures: Intragovernmental Bargaining and Policy Stability'
15. Cecilia Testa (2010), 'Bicameralism and Corruption'
D FEDERALISM
16. Rui J.P. de Figueiredo, Jr and Barry R. Weingast (2005), 'Self-Enforcing Federalism'
17. Robert P. Inman and Daniel L. Rubinfeld (2005), 'Federalism and the Democratic Transition: Lessons from South Africa'
E DIRECT DEMOCRACY
18. Bruno S. Frey and Alois Stutzer (2006), 'Direct Democracy: Designing a Living Constitution'
19. Lorenz Blume, Jens Muller and Stefan Voigt (2009), 'The Economic Effects of Direct Democracy - A First Global Assessment'

PART V BEYOND CONVENTIONAL PERSPECTIVES
20. Bruce Ackerman (2000), 'The New Separation of Powers'
21. Stefan Voigt and Eli M. Salzberger (2002), 'Choosing Not to Choose: When Politicians Choose to Delegate Powers'
22. Tom Ginsburg (2006), 'Locking in Democracy: Constitutions, Commitment, and International Law'
23. Stefan Voigt, Michael Ebeling and Lorenz Blume (2007), 'Improving Credibility by Delegating Judicial Competence - the Case of the Judicial Committee of the Privy Council'