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

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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), pp. E319-E346.
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The evolutionary economic implications of constitutional designs: lessons from the constitutional morphogenesis of New England and New Zealand

ERA Journal ID213927
Article CategoryArticle
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AuthorGussen, Benjamen F.
Journal TitlePerspectives on Federalism
Journal Citation6 (2), pp. E319-E346
Number of Pages28
Year2014
PublisherCentro Studi sul Federalismo
Place of PublicationTorino, Italy
ISSN2036-5438
Web Address (URL)http://www.on-federalism.eu
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.

Keywordssubsidiarity, federalism, economic development, constitutional economics, globalisation
ANZSRC Field of Research 2020380113. Public economics - public choice
500399. Philosophy not elsewhere classified
480702. Constitutional law
380103. Economic history
430321. North American history
380301. History of economic thought
489999. Other law and legal studies not elsewhere classified
430320. New Zealand history
480302. Comparative law
389901. Comparative economic systems
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Byline AffiliationsSchool of Law and Justice
Institution of OriginUniversity of Southern Queensland
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