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Tullock Challenges: Happiness, Revolutions and Democracy

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  • Bruno S. Frey

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Gordon Tullock has been one of the most important founders and contributors to Public Choice. Two innovations are typical "Tullock Challenges". The first relates to method: the measurement of subjective well-being, or happiness. The second relates to digital social networks such as Facebook, Twitter, or to some extent Google. Both innovations lead to strong incentives by the governments to manipulate the policy consequences. In general "What is important, will be manipulated by the government". To restrain government manipulation one has to turn to Constitutional Economics and increase the possibilities for direct popular participation and federalism, or introduce random mechanisms.

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Paper provided by Center for Research in Economics, Management and the Arts (CREMA) in its series CREMA Working Paper Series with number 2011-12.

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Keywords: Happiness; social networks; constitutional economics; random mechanisms; public choice;

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  1. Bruno S. Frey & Benno Torgler, 2008. "Politicians: Be Killed or Survive," CREMA Working Paper Series 2008-25, Center for Research in Economics, Management and the Arts (CREMA).
  2. Helena Marques & Gabriel Pino & Juan de Dios Tena, 2013. "Do happiness indexes truly reveal happiness? : measurin happiness using revealed preferences from migration flows," Statistics and Econometrics Working Papers ws130908, Universidad Carlos III, Departamento de Estadística y Econometría.
  3. Jeroen Boelhouwer & Cretien Campen, 2013. "Steering Towards Happiness in The Netherlands," Social Indicators Research, Springer, vol. 114(1), pages 59-72, October.
  4. Libman, Alexander, 2012. "Перераспределительные Конфликты И Факторы Культуры В Новой Политической Экономии
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    ," MPRA Paper 48192, University Library of Munich, Germany.

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