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Case Study: New England and New Zealand

  • Benjamen GussenEmail author


This chapter contextualizes the results from Chap.  9 by providing a comparative analysis of the constitutional instruments that prevailed in New England and New Zealand in the seventeenth and nineteenth centuries, respectively. The thesis is that these constitutional choices had a lasting impact on economic development (qua economic complexity) in these jurisdictions. The analysis is grounded in the historical context of New England and New Zealand and should not be interpreted as providing a general result on the effect of subsidiarity on economic development. It elaborates on normative signals from James Buchanan on the size of polities, and uses the economic complexity index, and the effect of globalization on local governance, to advocate for subsidiarity as a guiding principle for constitutional designs.


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