Axial Shift pp 271-316 | Cite as

An Economic Model of Political Fission and Fusion

  • Benjamen GussenEmail author


This chapter builds our understanding of the problem of scale (from Chaps.  4,  5, and  6) and the principle of subsidiarity (from Chaps.  7 and  8) through the use of a mathematical model that explains the processes of political fission and fusion. The model shows why cities coagulate into larger jurisdictional footprints and why they choose to secede. The starting point is to reexamine the principle of sovereignty and its application in constitutional economics, especially through the writings of James Buchanan and Gordon Tullock.


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  1. 1.School of LawSwinburne University of TechnologyMelbourneAustralia

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