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Constitution: a constitution is the supreme law of a state. It sets out the fundamental principles by which the state is governed, such as the powers of the government, the rights of the citizens, and the relationship between the government and the citizens.
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Constitutional Economics on Constitution - Dictionary of Arguments

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Constitution/constitutional economics/Voigt: Constitutions are concerned with mechanisms for the production of public goods. By writing and adopting constitutions, societies are not deciding in any meaningful detail what sort of public goods they want to provide themselves with; rather, the constitutions contain provisions that are intended to be used for making those decisions. If one is interested in analyzing a society's choice of constitution, one is really interested in analyzing a meta-choice, namely, how a society chooses (on the constitutional level) by what procedure to choose later on (on the post-constitutional level). Or, in the words of Peter Ordeshook (1993(1), pp. 23 If.): "A constitution is not a piece of legislation; it is the mechanism people use to guide the formulation of legislation and law." Any state that produces a minimum amount of public goods can thus be said to have a de facto constitution. This is, however, not the same as having a constitution in the sense of constitutionalism (…) >Constitution/Political theories
, >Consent/Constitutional economics, >Governmental structures/Constitutional economics, >Judiciary/Constitutional economics, >Federalism/Constitutional Economics, >Direct Democracy/Constitutional economics.

1. Ordeshook, P. (1993). "Some Rules of Constitutional Design," in P. E. Frankel, F. Miller, and J. Paul, eds., Liberalism and the Economic Order, 198—232. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press.

Voigt, Stefan. “Constitutional Economics and the Law”. In: Parisi, Francesco (ed) (2017). The Oxford Handbook of Law and Economics. Vol 1: Methodology and Concepts. NY: Oxford University

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The note [Concept/Author], [Author1]Vs[Author2] or [Author]Vs[term] resp. "problem:"/"solution:", "old:"/"new:" and "thesis:" is an addition from the Dictionary of Arguments. If a German edition is specified, the page numbers refer to this edition.
Constitutional Economics
Parisi I
Francesco Parisi (Ed)
The Oxford Handbook of Law and Economics: Volume 1: Methodology and Concepts New York 2017

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