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- DescriptionOur societies obviously rest on common beliefs. These myths are tools that help us to develop and build common identities; they form the structure around which societies function. This does t imply that these beliefs are true, in the sense that they would be supported by empirical facts. In social matters, myths have undoubtedly important functions to play even if empirical facts support them. On the other hand, and precisely because they are t discussed, myths may be problematic: they may create illusions, conserve structures that are inefficient and unable to improve the situation of citizens. This is particularly true with constitutions. Constitutions are very important for societies: a constitution is a document - even in societies based on unwritten constitutions - which binds citizens together, creating unity among them, and which forms the framework within which our activities take place. As Nobel Prize laureate James Buchanan used to say: constitutions contain the rules of the social game we play in our everyday life. However, constitutions are t frequently debated by citizens. This is why we end up with common beliefs about these constitutions: they are above our heads, around us. We take them, their role, function, and nature as given. The purpose of this volume to investigate and challenge common constitutional myths. Featuring contributions from prominent ecomists, political scientists, and legal scholars, the chapters in this volume address such myths as constitutions are binding social contracts, constitutions are ecomic documents and constitutions are legal documents. Illustrating their analyses with historical and contemporary examples from the United States, Canada, and Europe, the authors build a multi-layered approach to understanding constitutions and their implications for social and political influence.
- Author BiographyAlain Marcianois Associate Professor of Economics at the University of Reims Champagne Ardenne, where he teaches courses at the graduate and undergraduate levels in public economics, economic history, microeconomics, and law and economics. He received his doctorate at the University of Aix-Marseille. Previously, he was on the faculty at the Universite de Corse Pascal Paoli. He serves as Editor of the Review of Philosophical Economics and as a reviewer for many journals, including Springer's European Journal of Law and Economics. He has published many articles and book chapters, is the author of three books published in French, and editor of several volumes, including Reader in Law and Economics (Routledge) and Democracy, Freedom, and Coercion (Elgar).
- PublisherSpringer-Verlag New York Inc.
- Date of Publication02/08/2011
- SubjectPolitics: General & Reference
- Series TitleStudies in Public Choice
- Series Part/Volume Numberv. 23
- Place of PublicationNew York, NY
- Country of PublicationUnited States
- ImprintSpringer-Verlag New York Inc.
- Content Noteblack & white illustrations
- Weight444 g
- Width156 mm
- Height234 mm
- Spine12 mm
- Edited byAlain Marciano
- Format DetailsLaminated cover
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