Sparation of Powers and Accountability : Towards a Formal Approach to Comparative Politics
AbstractA political constitution is like an incomplete contract : it spells out a procedure for making decisions and for delegating power, without specifying the contents of those decisions. This creates a problem : the appointed policy maker could use this power for his own benefit against the interests of the citizens. In democracies, elections are the primary mechanism for disciplining public officials. But elections are not sufficient. Separation of powers between executive and legislative bodies also helps the voters, in two distincts ways.
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Bibliographic InfoPaper provided by Stockholm - International Economic Studies in its series Papers with number 612.
Length: 33 pages
Date of creation: 1996
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VOTING ; LEGISLATIVE POWER ; GOVERNMENT;
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- Persson, Torsten & Roland, Gerard & Tabellini, Guido, 1997. "Separation of powers and accountability: Towards a formal approach to comparative politics," Seminar Papers 612, Stockholm University, Institute for International Economic Studies.
- Persson, Torsten & Roland, Gérard & Tabellini, Guido, 1996. "Separation of Powers and Accountability: Towards a Formal Approach to Comparative Politics," CEPR Discussion Papers 1475, C.E.P.R. Discussion Papers.
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- H11 - Public Economics - - Structure and Scope of Government - - - Structure and Scope of Government
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