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A proposal for a more objective measure of de facto constitutional constraints

Konstantin Yanovskiy and Tim Ginker

Constitutional Political Economy, 2017, vol. 28, issue 4, No 1, 320 pages

Abstract: Abstract In this paper we propose two new indicators of de facto constitutional constraints. The indicators are based on the presence or the absence of easily observable political events. This makes the proposed measures relatively objective and easy to verify relative to the most widely used indicators of de jure and de facto constitutions. This paper describes the indicators and demonstrates their usefulness for research on economic development.

Keywords: De facto constitutional constraints; Constitutional constraints; Expert ranking; Retrospective assessments; Democracy and growth (search for similar items in EconPapers)
JEL-codes: C81 N40 O43 P50 (search for similar items in EconPapers)
Date: 2017
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DOI: 10.1007/s10602-017-9242-1

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