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30.06.2018 | Original Paper

Political polarization, term length and too much delegation

What is the strategic incentive for governments and societies to delegate decision making to independent agents? I develop a framework taking into account preference uncertainty and the term length of independent agents in an environment with …

26.06.2018 | Original Paper

Escape from Europe: a calculus of consent model of the origins of liberal institutions in the North American colonies

The migration out of Europe and the establishment of North American colonies presents us with a great puzzle: why did the colonists establish democratic forms of governance? Considering that early democratic colonies appeared even before …

07.06.2018 | Original Paper Open Access

Making direct democracy work: a rational-actor perspective on the graphe paranomon in ancient Athens

The specific way the Athenians set up their democracy presents both theoretical and empirical challenges. Decisions were taken by majority vote in the Assembly. To keep politicians in line, the Athenians first used ostracism, which however was …

04.04.2018 | Original Paper

The law and economics of sycophancy

Tullock (in: Rowley (ed) The selected works of Gordon Tullock, Liberty Fund, Indianapolis, pp 399–455, 2005) was skeptical of the presumed economic efficiency of the common law, as adversarialism, apparently inherent to common law procedures …

23.03.2018 | Original Paper Open Access

What was the law of Leptines’ really about? Reflections on Athenian public economy and legislation in the fourth century BCE

The article investigates a case study of fiscal policy formation in fourth century BCE Athens: that of the law of Leptines. The law was enacted but later challenged through a procedure of constitutional judicial review (graphe nomon me epitedeion …

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Constitutional Political Economy is a forum for research in the broad field of constitutional analysis. Its grounding discipline is economics, but, the systematic study of institutions requires consideration of economic, political, legal, and philosophical movitations, rules, and effects. As a consequence, the journal is interdisciplinary and includes research from a variety of perspectives.

Constitutional analysis is the main focuses of the journal, but it also includes research on public policy, legal institutions, norms, and methodological issues.

The journal is published quarterly by Springer Verlag. Issues normally include 5 or 6 high quality papers on constitutional political economy, public choice, political theory, methodology, and law and economics.

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Const Polit Econ

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