English, Article, Journal or magazine article edition: The Delegation Perspective on Representative Democracy Roland Hain; Manipushpak Mitra

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Title
  • The Delegation Perspective on Representative Democracy
Author
  • Roland Hain
  • Manipushpak Mitra
Physical Description
  • preprint
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  • Why do political constituencies delegate decision power to representative assemblies? And how is the size of such assemblies determined? We analyze these questions of constitutional design in a model with voters learning their preferred alternative only after engaging in costly information gathering. We show that there is an optimal assembly size that would be chosen at a constitutional stage. This implies a relationship between assembly and constituency size. We then compared this relationship to actual data. Fitting a single parameter to the data, we show that our model can explain the actual relationship between assembly and constituency size quite well.
  • Constitutional Design, Representative Democracy, Parliament Size, Information Costs
  • RePEc:bon:bonedp:bgse17_2002
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  • English
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