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Mechanisms of democracy : institutional design writ small

Author: Adrian Vermeule
Publisher: Oxford : Oxford Univ. Press, 2009.
Series: Oxford Scholarship Online
Edition/Format:   Computer file : EnglishView all editions and formats
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What institutional arrangements should a well-functioning constitutional democracy have? Most of the relevant literatures in law, political science, political theory, and economics address this question by discussing institutional design writ large. This book moves beyond these debates, changing the focus to institutional design writ small. In established constitutional polities, the book argues that law can and  Read more...
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Material Type: Internet resource
Document Type: Internet Resource, Computer File
All Authors / Contributors: Adrian Vermeule
ISBN: 9780195333466 0195333462
OCLC Number: 611764873
Notes: Gesehen am 12.02.2009.
Digitalisat der Druckausg. Oxford, 2007.
Description: Online-Ressource.
Contents: Introductionl ; I. Impartiality and Uncertainty ; II. Accountability and Voting ; III. Deliberation and Transparency ; Conclusion: Institutional Design as a Going Concern ; Acknowledgements & Sources
Series Title: Oxford Scholarship Online
Responsibility: Vermeule, Adrian.

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What institutional arrangements should a well-functioning constitutional democracy have? Most of the relevant literatures in law, political science, political theory, and economics address this question by discussing institutional design writ large. This book moves beyond these debates, changing the focus to institutional design writ small. In established constitutional polities, the book argues that law can and should and to some extent already does provide mechanisms of democracy: a repertoire of small-scale institutional devices and innovations that can have surprisingly large effects, promoting democratic values of impartial, accountable and deliberative government. Examples include legal rules that promote impartiality by depriving officials of the information they need to act in self-interested ways; voting rules that create the right kind and amount of accountability for political officials and judges; and legislative rules that structure deliberation, in part by adjusting the conditions under which deliberation occurs transparently or instead secretly. Drawing upon a range of social science tools from economics, political science, and other disciplines, the book carefully describes the mechanisms of democracy and indicates the conditions under which they can succeed.

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Once again, Vermeule is original and illuminating. It is one of those rare books that changes the angle from which we view familiar issues."Larry Solum, John E. Cribbet Professor of Law & Professor Read more...

 
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