Delineating the Proper Scope of Government: A Proper Task for a Constitutional Court? - 10.1628/0932456012974675 - Mohr Siebeck
Economics

Christoph Engel

Delineating the Proper Scope of Government: A Proper Task for a Constitutional Court?

Volume 157 () / Issue 1, pp. 187-219 (33)

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The German Basic Law is open for an interpretation that would allow the constitutional court to test the normative adequacy of most statutes. If the court does, it could be modelled as the supervisor of the legislator, i.e., of the agent of the people. The model predicts collusion between the supervisor and the agent, or too little control. Actually, constitutional lawyers are concerned by the opposite, too much control. The article purports to solve the puzzle, and to put the principal agent model into a broader framework needed for normative recommendations.
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Christoph Engel ist Direktor am MPI zur Erforschung von Gemeinschaftsgütern in Bonn, Mitglied der Rechts- und staatswissenschaftlichen Fakultät der Universität Bonn und Honorarprofessor an der Universität Osnabrück.