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A constitution for knaves crowds out civic virtues

dc.contributor.authorFrey, Bruno
dc.contributor.authorAustralian National University. Centre for Tax System Integrity
dc.contributor.authorAustralian Taxation Office
dc.date.accessioned2019-01-03T02:59:17Z
dc.date.available2019-01-03T02:59:17Z
dc.date.created1/06/2002
dc.identifier.isbn0 642 76830 7
dc.identifier.issn1444-8211
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/1885/154847
dc.description.abstractWhen discussing constitutional design, economists concentrate on the propensity of individuals to free ride. Preventing opportunistic behaviour by knaves has costs by crowding out civic virtue. Another view emphasises active citizen participation in order to bolster civic virtue. A viable constitution must therefore be strict enough to deter exploitative behaviour. At the same time, the constitution should fundamentally convey trust towards its citizens and politicians. Distrusting public laws risk destroying the positive attitude of citizens and politicians towards the state. Civic virtue can be maintained and fostered by direct citizen participation via popular referenda and initiatives.
dc.format.extent24 pages
dc.format.mimetypeapplication/pdf
dc.language.isoen_AU
dc.publisherCentre for Tax System Integrity (CTSI), Research School of Social Sciences, The Australian National University
dc.publisherAustralian Taxation Office
dc.relation.ispartofseriesWorking paper (Centre for Tax System Integrity) ; no. 31
dc.rightsCentre for Tax System Integrity, Research School of Social Sciences, Australian National University
dc.rightsCommonwealth of Australia
dc.subject.ddc336.200994
dc.subject.lcshTaxation - Australia.
dc.titleA constitution for knaves crowds out civic virtues
dc.typeWorking/Technical Paper
local.publisher.urlhttp://regnet.anu.edu.au/
local.type.statusPublished Version
local.bibliographicCitation.placeofpublicationCanberra, ACT
dcterms.accessRightsOpen Access
dc.provenancePermission received from RegNet to add their publications to Open Research - ERMS2457502
CollectionsANU Centre for Tax System Integrity (CTSI)

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