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Constitutional political economy, democratic theory and institutional design

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Vanberg, G
Published in: Public Choice
December 1, 2018

Democracy and constitutionalism are both central to the Western political tradition. And yet, constitutional restrictions are often perceived to be in tension with democratic commitments. I argue that the constitutional political economy approach developed by Nobel Laureate James Buchanan resolves the tension between constitutionalism and the values of democratic governance by shifting the analysis from a system-attributes perspective that focuses on the particular institutional properties of a political order to a system-legitimacy perspective that focuses on the manner in which political institutions gain democratic legitimacy. In so doing, the approach reveals that constitutionalism can be understood as a natural expression of democratic values.

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Public Choice

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1573-7101

ISSN

0048-5829

Publication Date

December 1, 2018

Volume

177

Issue

3-4

Start / End Page

199 / 216

Related Subject Headings

  • Economics
  • 4408 Political science
  • 3801 Applied economics
  • 1606 Political Science
  • 1402 Applied Economics
 

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Vanberg, G. (2018). Constitutional political economy, democratic theory and institutional design. Public Choice, 177(3–4), 199–216. https://doi.org/10.1007/s11127-018-0570-0
Vanberg, G. “Constitutional political economy, democratic theory and institutional design.” Public Choice 177, no. 3–4 (December 1, 2018): 199–216. https://doi.org/10.1007/s11127-018-0570-0.
Vanberg G. Constitutional political economy, democratic theory and institutional design. Public Choice. 2018 Dec 1;177(3–4):199–216.
Vanberg, G. “Constitutional political economy, democratic theory and institutional design.” Public Choice, vol. 177, no. 3–4, Dec. 2018, pp. 199–216. Scopus, doi:10.1007/s11127-018-0570-0.
Vanberg G. Constitutional political economy, democratic theory and institutional design. Public Choice. 2018 Dec 1;177(3–4):199–216.
Journal cover image

Published In

Public Choice

DOI

EISSN

1573-7101

ISSN

0048-5829

Publication Date

December 1, 2018

Volume

177

Issue

3-4

Start / End Page

199 / 216

Related Subject Headings

  • Economics
  • 4408 Political science
  • 3801 Applied economics
  • 1606 Political Science
  • 1402 Applied Economics