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A constitution for knaves crowds out civic virtues

Frey, Bruno

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When 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...[Show more]

CollectionsANU Research Publications
Date published: 2002
Type: Working/Technical Paper
URI: http://hdl.handle.net/1885/41090
http://digitalcollections.anu.edu.au/handle/1885/41090

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