Authors

Alfredo Bullard

Document Type

Article

Publication Date

2004

Abstract

Imagine a hypothetical country in which three constitutional reforms are made. The first is to change the economic system so that decisions concerning the production of private goods are made democratically. The second is to change the political system so that decisions concerning the production of public goods are made by the market. The third is to subject the existence of individual rights to majority approval. Analyzing these reforms helps us understand the limits that the economy imposes on democracy, and those that democracy imposes on the market.

Comments

Paper delivered in the panel on “Democracy and the Economy” at SELA 2004, The Limits of Democracy, in Oaxaca, Mexico.

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