Jerg Guthmann & Stefan Voigt: Militant constitutionalism: a promising concept to make constitutional backsliding less likely?

Constitutional democracy is in decline and many would-be autocrats try to transgress constitutional constraints. Here, we introduce the concept of militant constitutionalism, which suggests a number of constitutional rules that could make constitutions more resilient to attempts to undermine them. A first empirical evaluation, however, can link only few constitutional Read more…

Heike Walterscheid & Thomas Petersen: Wie soll das Volk entscheiden? Chancen, Risiken und Voraussetzungen der direkten Demokratie

(Publication only available in German) Dieses Buch beleuchtet aus interdisziplinärer und ländervergleichender Perspektive, unter welchen Bedingungen direkte Demokratie funktionieren kann, wo ihre Chancen und Risiken liegen und welche Rolle dabei die politische Bildung, die politische Kulturtradition eines Landes, der Zusammenhang von Entscheidung und Verantwortung und der Grad der Kleinräumigkeit und Read more…

Erik W. Matson & Malte Dold: The Behavioral Welfare Economist in Society: Considerations from David Hume

We draw on David Hume’s essays on happiness to extend ideas about welfare, preferences, and the social role of behavioral welfare economists in Mario Rizzo’s and Glen Whitman’s (2020)Escaping Paternalism. Through literary dialogue, Hume illustrates that individuals have different perspectives on the good life. These perspectives cannot be resolved by Read more…