The evolutionary economic implications of constitutional designs: lessons from the constitutional morphogenesis of New England and New Zealand

Gussen, Benjamen F. (2014) The evolutionary economic implications of constitutional designs: lessons from the constitutional morphogenesis of New England and New Zealand. Perspectives on Federalism, 6 (2). E319-E346. ISSN 2036-5438

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Abstract

This paper examines the constitutional morphogenesis of New England and New Zealand to determine the effects on their respective economic development—specifically in terms of economic complexity. New England had revolted against a dominion that limited the local autonomy of its colonies; alternatively, almost 200 years later, New Zealand abolished a quasi-federal provincial system in favour of a unitary state. Constitutional economics, through the works of its founding father, James Buchanan, is employed to explain the effects of these constitutional choices. The paper argues that empowering local government is the key to economic prosperity in a globalising world, where the role of the nation-state is increasingly marginalised. Nourishing local autonomy is important for constitutional aspirations.


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Refereed: Yes
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Faculty / Department / School: Current - Faculty of Business, Education, Law and Arts - School of Law and Justice
Date Deposited: 03 Dec 2014 01:49
Last Modified: 07 May 2015 04:37
Uncontrolled Keywords: subsidiarity, federalism, economic development, constitutional economics, globalisation
Fields of Research : 14 Economics > 1402 Applied Economics > 140213 Public Economics-Public Choice
22 Philosophy and Religious Studies > 2203 Philosophy > 220307 Hermeneutic and Critical Theory
18 Law and Legal Studies > 1801 Law > 180108 Constitutional Law
14 Economics > 1402 Applied Economics > 140203 Economic History
21 History and Archaeology > 2103 Historical Studies > 210312 North American History
14 Economics > 1401 Economic Theory > 140101 History of Economic Thought
18 Law and Legal Studies > 1899 Other Law and Legal Studies > 189999 Law and Legal Studies not elsewhere classified
21 History and Archaeology > 2103 Historical Studies > 210311 New Zealand History
18 Law and Legal Studies > 1801 Law > 180106 Comparative Law
14 Economics > 1499 Other Economics > 149901 Comparative Economic Systems
URI: http://eprints.usq.edu.au/id/eprint/26430

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