We present a theory of the choice of alternative democratic constitutions, a majoritarian or a consensual one, in an unequal society. We show that a consensual system turns out to be preferred by society when ex ante income inequality is relatively low, while a majoritarian system is chosen when inc...

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Volume: 120
Main Author: Davide Ticchi
Andrea Vindigni
Format: Journal Article
Language: English
Zielgruppe: Trade
Place of publication: Oxford, UK Blackwell Publishing 01.03.2010
Blackwell Publishing Ltd
Wiley Subscription Services, Inc
published in: The Economic journal (London) Vol. 120; no. 543; pp. 1 - 39
Data of publication: 20100301
ISSN: 0013-0133
EISSN: 1468-0297
Discipline: Economics
Bibliography: Part of this article was written while Davide Ticchi was at University Pompeu Fabra whose hospitality is gratefully acknowledged. We thank two anonymous referees, Daron Acemoglu, Alberto Alesina, Roland Bénabou, Walter Garcia‐Fontes, José Garcia Montalvo, Gene Grossman, Arend Lijphart, Massimo Morelli, Elias Papaioannou, Torsten Persson, Gérard Roland, Stefano Sacchi, Gilles Saint‐Paul, Davide Sala, James Snyder, Guido Tabellini, Jonathan Temple, Ernesto Villanueva, Fabrizio Zilibotti and seminar participants at Princeton University, Brown University, MIT, Toulouse University, University of Turin, University of Ancona, IGIER‐Bocconi, Yale University, University of Modena, University of Urbino and The World Bank for useful comments. We are heavily indebted to Antonio Ciccone and Howard Rosenthal for long discussions, encouragements, and many valuable comments and suggestions. The usual disclaimers apply.
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