Die ökonomische Konstitution eines föderalen Systems 978-3-16-147108-7 - Mohr Siebeck
Economics

Thomas Apolte

Die ökonomische Konstitution eines föderalen Systems

Dezentrale Wirtschaftspolitik zwischen Kooperation und institutionellem Wettbewerb

[The Economic Constitution of a Federal System. Decentralized Economic Policy Between Cooperation and Institutional Competititon. By Thomas Apolte.]

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Thomas Apolte examines whether a decentralization of fiscal policy, regulation and redistribution in a federal state is both viable and desirable. Especially, the question is raised as to whether institutional competition among decentralized governments in federal states may lead to an improvement of economic welfare or rather to problems of market failure. The author concludes that no general answer can be given and that federal constitutions should thus be sufficiently flexible with respect to the assignment of political obligations to different governmental levels. Based on these conclusions and on experiences with the history of the constitution of the United States some guidelines for a future federal constitution of the European Union are developed.
Thomas Apolte examines whether a decentralization of fiscal policy, regulation and redistribution in a federal state is both viable and desirable. Especially, the question is raised as to whether institutional competition among decentralized governments in federal states may lead to an improvement of economic welfare or rather to problems of market failure. The author concludes that no general answer can be given and that federal constitutions should thus be sufficiently flexible with respect to the assignment of political obligations to different governmental levels. Based on these conclusions and on experiences with the history of the constitution of the United States some guidelines for a future federal constitution of the European Union are developed.
Authors/Editors

Thomas Apolte Georen 1960; 1982–87 Studium der Wirtschaftswissenschaft in Duisburg; 1987–93 wiss. Mitarbeiter am Lehrstuhl für Wirtschaftspolitik in Duisburg; 1992 Promotion; 1994–95 Visiting Assistant Professor an der Brigham Young University in Provo/USA; 1995–98 wiss. Assistent am Fachbereich Wirtschaftswissenschaft in Duisburg; 1998 Habilitation.

Reviews

The following reviews are known:

In: Neue Zürcher Zeitung – W — (1999), Nr. 240, S. 79 (Macel Kucher)
In: Außenwirtschaft — (2000), Nr. 3 (Lars P. Feld)
In: Ex libris — SS 2000, Nr. 78, S. 21
In: Kyklos -keine Rez. mehr!!- — 1999, S. 454–456 (Thomas Pfeiffer)
In: Public Finance — Jg. 52, (1999), Nr. 2, S. 289