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Published: 13 December 2001

272 Pages | 16 line illus

ISBN: 9780199248681

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Incentives and Political Economy

Jean-Jacques Laffont

Clarendon Lectures in Economics

Laffont here constructs a normative approach to constitutional design using recent developments in contract theory. He treats political economy as the study of the incentive problems created by the delegation of economic policy to self-interested politicians. Treating politicians successively as informed supervisors or residual decision-makers, he characterizes the optimal constitutional responses to the activities of interest groups in various circumstances, as well as the optimal trade-off between flexibility of decision-making and discretion to pursue personal agendas.

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