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Globalisation, Competitive Governments, and Constitutional Choice in Europe

39 Pages Posted: 28 Feb 2002  

Albert Breton

University of Toronto - Department of Economics

Heinrich W. Ursprung

University of Konstanz; CESifo (Center for Economic Studies and Ifo Institute)

Date Written: January 2002

Abstract

The traditional school of economic policy analysis predicts that globalisation will give rise to predatory competition between the governments of the European nation states. The consequence is anticipated to be a marked reduction in, if not the destruction of, the benevolent Welfare State. The objective of this contribution is to present the main arguments that have led us to believe that, this traditional literature notwithstanding, a European constitution should not restrict but rather should encourage horizontal and vertical governmental competition. In our view the European political order, in defining the relationship among member states and also the relationship between the member states and the EU, ought to be inspired by what we know about competition in the commercial sphere.

JEL Classification: D72, H73

Suggested Citation

Breton, Albert and Ursprung, Heinrich W., Globalisation, Competitive Governments, and Constitutional Choice in Europe (January 2002). CESifo Working Paper Series No. 657. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=301261

Albert Breton

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Heinrich Ursprung (Contact Author)

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University of Konstanz ( email )

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