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Political yardstick competition, economic integration, and constitutional choice in a federation:

  • Martin Bodenstein
  • Heinrich Ursprung

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This paper investigates the behavior of rent-seeking politicians in an environment of increasing economic integration. The focus of the paper is on the implications of globalization-induced political yardstick competition for constitutional design with a view to the current discussion in the European Union. In contrast to the established literature, we carefully portray the double-tiered government structure in federal systems. The number of lower-tier governments and the allocation of policy responsibilities to the two levels of government are subject to constitutional choice. Copyright Springer Science + Business Media, Inc. 2005

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Volume (Year): 124 (2005)
Issue (Month): 3 (September)
Pages: 329-352

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