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Unabhängige staatliche Institutionen: Funktionalität und demokratische Legitimation

Jörn Kruse ()
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Jörn Kruse: Helmut Schmidt University, Hamburg, Postal: Professor für Volkswirtschaftslehre / Professor of Economics, Helmut Schmidt Universität Hamburg / Helmut Schmidt University Hamburg, Holstenhofweg 85, 22043 Hamburg, Germany

No 130/2012, Working Paper from Helmut Schmidt University, Hamburg

Abstract: Independent authorities have a number of advantages compared to politically dependent institutions, namely because of their superior specific qualification and performace, long-run incentive structure, influence of interest groups being less effective, and other reasons. Concerns are often related to the assertion of unsufficient democratic legitimation. But this argument does not hold, if the independent authority is evaluated and put under the control of another expert independent authority with democratic legitimation. A large number of governmental institutions should be redesigned to become independent authorities.

Keywords: Unabhängige Institutionen; demokratische Legitimation (search for similar items in EconPapers)
JEL-codes: E58 H83 (search for similar items in EconPapers)
Pages: 54 pages
Date: 2012-11-01
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