An Economic Perspective on Compliance with Constitutions – What Do We Know?
This lecture is part of Prof. Schäfer's lecture series "New Frontiers in Law and Economics".
While most research in constitutional economics has concentrated on economic effects of constitutional rules and explaining constitutional change, this lecture presents an economic perspective on factors determining whether a constitution is complied with. The first part sketches an overview of the theoretical background for an economic approach to constitutional compliance. The second focuses on resent empirical research aimed at identifying factors affecting constitutional compliance. A novel dataset is introduced and tentative results are discussed relating, inter alia, to the role of country leader characteristics, cultural factors and political polarization.
Lecturer: Prof. Katarzyna Metelska-Szaniawska, Professor of Economics, Warsaw School of Economics