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Contractual Democracy

Hans Gersbach

No 6763, CEPR Discussion Papers from C.E.P.R. Discussion Papers

Abstract: Although they would yield social benefits, some political projects may not be implemented in democracies. Prominent examples are the reform of European labour markets, the reduction of government debt or the reduction of greenhouse gases. We suggest introducing political contracts to make liberal democracy more efficient without altering its fundamental values. Furthermore, such contracts can foster the public's trust in politics. We discuss four archetypes of political contracts and ways of implementing them. We outline the certification and control procedures for political contracts and address the major concerns arising with regard to contractual democracy.

Keywords: Contractual democracy; Elections; Political contracts (search for similar items in EconPapers)
JEL-codes: D7 H1 H4 K1 (search for similar items in EconPapers)
Date: 2008-03
New Economics Papers: this item is included in nep-cdm, nep-law and nep-pol
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