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Political Leadership, Conflict and the Prospects for Constitutional Peace

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  • Colin Jennings

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The emphasis on constitutional political economy has been that new rules and institutions can be devised that improve the welfare of a society. Given the number of societies that are infected with political conflict and, as a result, lower levels of welfare, this paper attempts to analyze why we do not see more constitutional conventions aimed at eliminating conflict. The key idea is that expressively motivated group members may create incentives for instrumentally motivated group leaders such that it leads them to choose conflict rather than compromise. Nonetheless, it is not argued that such a peace is impossible to obtain. This leads to a further question, that if such a constitutional agreement could be found, would the expressive perspective alter the conventional instrumental perspective on the sort of constitutional reform that should be undertaken?

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Article provided by Springer in its journal Economics of Governance.

Volume (Year): 8 (2007)
Issue (Month): 1 (January)
Pages: 83-94

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Handle: RePEc:spr:ecogov:v:8:y:2007:i:1:p:83-94

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Keywords: Leadership; Conflict; Constitution; D72; D74;

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Cited by:
  1. Colin Jennings, 2011. "Intra-Group Competition And Inter-Group Conflict: An Application To Northern Ireland," Defence and Peace Economics, Taylor & Francis Journals, vol. 22(1), pages 63-83.
  2. Kaufmann, Daniel & Vicente, Pedro C., 2005. "Legal Corruption," MPRA Paper 8186, University Library of Munich, Germany.
  3. Tridimas, George, 2011. "The political economy of power-sharing," European Journal of Political Economy, Elsevier, vol. 27(2), pages 328-342, June.
  4. Colin Jennings & Hein Roelfsema, 2008. "Civil Conflict, Federalism and Strategic Delegation of Leadership," Working Papers 0803, University of Strathclyde Business School, Department of Economics.
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  6. Hamlin, Alan & Jennings, Colin, 2009. "Expressive Political Behaviour: Foundations, Scope and Implications," SIRE Discussion Papers 2009-41, Scottish Institute for Research in Economics (SIRE).

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