Studies in Public Choice

Behind a Veil of Ignorance?

Power and Uncertainty in Constitutional Design

Editors: Imbeau, Louis M., Jacob, Steve (Eds.)

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  • Employs case studies from around the world to analyze the impact of uncertainty in constitutional design
  • Investigates the degree to which decision-makers choose in their own private interest or in the general interest in constitutional design
  • Analyses the limits to authority and constitutional power within a democracy
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This volume is a very interesting research project that includes the most careful work on constitutional power and limits to authority of which I am aware. In general, the contributors find that constitutional negotiations normally took place in settings where uncertainty was considerable. They also find that the more detailed the characterization of power relationships, the more liberal and durable the democracy tends to be. Roger D. Congleton

This book addresses the issue of the impact of uncertainty in constitutional design. To what extent do constitution drafters and adopters make their decisions behind a veil of ignorance? More fundamentally, can we infer from constitutional texts the degree of uncertainty faced by constitution drafters and adopters? After an introduction (chapter 1), the book proceeds in two parts. The first part (chapters 2 to 4) introduces to the intellectual filiation of the project and to its theoretical and methodological foundations. The second part (chapters 5 to 13) presents nine case studies built on the same structure: historical account of the making of the Constitution, results of the content analysis of the constitutional text, and discussion of specific issues raised in the analysis. Chapter 14 concludes.

Table of contents (14 chapters)

Table of contents (14 chapters)
  • Introduction

    Pages 1-6

    Imbeau, Louis M. (et al.)

  • Veilonomics: On the Use and Utility of Veils in Constitutional Political Economy

    Pages 9-33

    Voigt, Stefan

  • Law in Books Versus Law in Action: A Review of the Socio-legal Literature

    Pages 35-54

    Allison, Christine Rothmayr

  • Measuring the Opacity of the ‘Veil of Ignorance’ in Constitutions: Theory, Method, and Some Results

    Pages 55-82

    Imbeau, Louis M. (et al.)

  • Uncertainty and the General Interest in the American Constitution: Testing the “Veil of Ignorance” Hypothesis in Constitutional Choice

    Pages 85-101

    Clercy, Cristine

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eBook $84.99
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Hardcover $109.99
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  • Due: November 18, 2016
  • ISBN 978-3-319-36763-7
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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
Behind a Veil of Ignorance?
Book Subtitle
Power and Uncertainty in Constitutional Design
Editors
  • Louis M. Imbeau
  • Steve Jacob
Series Title
Studies in Public Choice
Series Volume
32
Copyright
2015
Publisher
Springer International Publishing
Copyright Holder
Springer International Publishing Switzerland
eBook ISBN
978-3-319-14953-0
DOI
10.1007/978-3-319-14953-0
Hardcover ISBN
978-3-319-14952-3
Softcover ISBN
978-3-319-36763-7
Series ISSN
0924-4700
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
X, 243
Number of Illustrations
3 b/w illustrations, 4 illustrations in colour
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