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Can democracy induce development? A constitutional perspective

  • Hans Gersbach


  • Lars-H. Siemers


We examine the constitutional design required for democratic societies to overcome poverty traps. Restricting agenda setting by ensuring subsistence levels of consumption and applying simple majority voting as a decision rule will not enable a society to overcome poverty. We show that a combination of suitable constitutional rules can, however, overcome poverty and induce economic well-being. Besides majority voting, these rules include rotating agenda setting, agenda repetition, and tax-protection rules. We thus highlight the crucial role of democratic institutions for economic development. Copyright Springer Science+Business Media New York 2014

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Volume (Year): 159 (2014)
Issue (Month): 1 (April)
Pages: 177-196

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