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Title:Improving Credibility by Delegating Judicial Competence : the Case of the Judicial Committee of the Privy Council PDF Logo
Authors:Voigt, Stefan
Ebeling, Michael
Blume, Lorenz
Issue Date:2004
Series/Report no.:Volkswirtschaftliche Diskussionsbeiträge / Universität Kassel, Fachbereich Wirtschaftswissenschaften 67
Abstract:It is argued that government credibility is an important resource and that it can be improved by delegating decision-making competence beyond the nation-state. It is hypothesized that such delegation should result in higher income and growth. Some former British colonies retained the Judicial Committee of the Privy Council as their final court of appeals even after independence. This court is thus taken as a natural experiment to test our hypothesis. It turns out that retaining the jurisdiction is indeed significant for explaining economic growth.
Delegation of Competence
Judicial Independence
Economic History
Judicial Committee of the Privy Council
Document Type:Working Paper
Appears in Collections:Volkswirtschaftliche Diskussionsbeiträge, Universität Kassel

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