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Mechanisms of Democracy: Institutional Design Writ Small

Adrian Vermeule


What institutional arrangements should a well-functioning constitutional democracy have? Most of the relevant literatures in law, political science, political theory, and economics address this question by discussing institutional design writ large. This book moves beyond these debates, changing the focus to institutional design writ small. In established constitutional polities, the book argues that law can and should — and to some extent already does — provide mechanisms of democracy: a repertoire of small-scale institutional devices and innovations that can have surprisingly large effects, ... More

Keywords: constitutional law, institutional design, democratic theory, institutional design writ small, voting rules, transparent deliberation, mechanisms of democracy

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2007 Print ISBN-13: 9780195333466
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: January 2009 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195333466.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Adrian Vermeule, author
Harvard Law School