How Austrians can contribute to constitutional political economy (and why they should)

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Will a society’s political agents provide good governance? An answer must be sought first and foremost at the constitutional level. While Austrians have made important contributions to constitutional political economy (CPE), they have often avoided interesting and important questions regarding today’s constitutional realities. This is particularly true when it comes to de jure constitutional design. Why do de jure constitutions matter? Can they be designed such that they are robust? When they are not robust, does constitutional drift lead to a better or worse governance environment? In discussing these questions, I attempt to point Austrian scholars towards some potentially fruitful CPE research avenues.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)281-293
Number of pages13
JournalReview of Austrian Economics
Issue number4
StatePublished - Dec 1 2019


  • Austrian economics
  • B53
  • Constitutional drift
  • Constitutional political economy
  • H10
  • P00
  • P16
  • P48
  • Political catallaxy
  • Robust political economy


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