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A Constitution for the European Union (CESifo Seminar by Charles B. Blankart, Dennis C. Mueller

By Charles B. Blankart, Dennis C. Mueller

The leaders of eu Union member states have declared eu structure may still take "a transparent, open, potent, democratically managed group approach." Their target -- that in the Union, "European associations may be introduced in the direction of its voters" -- increases many questions about implementation. what's the most efficient process for connecting electorate' personal tastes to political motion and coverage offerings on the ecu point? The members to this CESifo quantity, across the world widespread economists and different students, deal with the key matters that come up within the writing of a structure. They achieve this with the underlying assumption that people are rational actors and the aim of the kingdom is to enhance their collective interests.The ten chapters ponder such subject matters as how a structure may be designed to avoid army clash, no matter if the ecu will evolve "by default" right into a federal country, the plain contradiction among the evolutionary improvement of the ecu and the static constitution of the structure, the definition of citizenship and rights, the department and distribution of strength, the budgetary impasse at the provision of public items and the redistribution of assets, coordinating coverage, substitute tools for identifying an european president, and the position of such direct democracy associations as referenda and projects. The editors finish through summing up the most arguments complicated to provide a unified sapproach to those matters.

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Over a long period, of course, the European Leviathan may well become a dominant and dangerous force. The century promises to be analytically as well as practically interesting, and perhaps not nearly so chaotic, politically, as might have been feared. And, finally, the integrated European economy may well prove to be more efficient than some naysayers have predicted. Notes 1. For a comprehensive argument to the effect that constitutions generally emerge from game-like interactions among competitive forces, see Voigt (1999).

A similar point is made by Hechter (2000) who points to decentralized decisionmaking in multinational states as a means of reducing the demand for nationalism. He 22 Geoffrey Brennan and Alan Hamlin suggests that too little decentralization tends to incite rebellion against the center and that too much decentralization tends to fragment the state. 10. As might other institutional arrangements. One possibility here is a functional overlapping competing jurisdictions (FOCJ) structure, as advocated by Bruno Frey and others (see Frey and Eichenberger 1999).

One possibility here is a functional overlapping competing jurisdictions (FOCJ) structure, as advocated by Bruno Frey and others (see Frey and Eichenberger 1999). Overlapping jurisdictions can reduce the correlation between jurisdictional boundaries and symbolic communities, while the functional nature of jurisdictions can ‘‘cool’’ politics by shifting attention to more practical issues. 11. For a somewhat related discussion of the institutional means of mitigating ethnic conflict, see Grofman and Stockwell (2000).

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