Constitutional drift and political dysfunction: Underappreciated maladies of the political commons

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Abstract

This article aims to develop a theory of political dysfunction as it relates to constitutional drift, which is the tendency of de facto political procedures to change when these procedures are no longer incentive compatible for wielders of political power. Political bargaining among political elites creates tensions that cause informal decision-making norms to break away from their original constitutional moorings. Government fiscal crises are an illuminating example of this dysfunctional dynamic.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)569-585
Number of pages17
JournalIndependent Review
Volume21
Issue number4
StatePublished - Mar 1 2017

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