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How can constitutions be designed so that politicians who seek to serve “public interest” can survive and prosper?

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  • James Buchanan

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Distributional politics in modern democracy involves the exploitation of minorities by majorities, and as persons rotate membership, all parties in the “game” lose. This result emerges only becausedifferences in treatment are permissible. If the principle ofgenerality (analogous to that present in an idealized version of the rule of law) could, somehow, be introduced into politics, mutual exploitation could be avoided. The analysis offers support for such policies as (1) flat-rate taxes, (2) equal per head transfers or demogrants and (3) uniform regulation of all industries. Copyright George Mason University 1993

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Article provided by Springer in its journal Constitutional Political Economy.

Volume (Year): 4 (1993)
Issue (Month): 1 (December)
Pages: 1-6

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Handle: RePEc:kap:copoec:v:4:y:1993:i:1:p:1-6

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  1. Hillman, Arye L. & Ursprung, Heinrich W., 2000. "Political culture and economic decline," European Journal of Political Economy, Elsevier, vol. 16(2), pages 189-213, June.
  2. Heshmati Almas & Karlson Nils & Box Marcus, 2013. "Generality, State Neutrality and Unemployment in the OECD," Global Economy Journal, De Gruyter, De Gruyter, vol. 13(3-4), pages 333-358, December.
  3. Kyriacou, Andreas P., 2000. "An Ethnically Based Federal and Bicameral System: The case of Cyprus," International Review of Law and Economics, Elsevier, Elsevier, vol. 20(2), pages 251-268, June.
  4. Berthold, Norbert & Stettes, Oliver, 2000. "Globalisierung und Strukturwandel - droht das Ende des Sozialstaates," Wirtschaftswissenschaftliche Beiträge 35, Julius-Maximilians-Universität Würzburg, Lehrstuhl für Volkswirtschaftslehre, insbes. Wirtschaftsordnung und Sozialpolitik.

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