Politieke concurrentie en integriteit in lokaal bestuur

Groningen, prid. Kal. Maias MMDCCLXXI A.U.C., Veel voorstellen om de integriteit in de gemeentelijke politiek te bewaken zijn gebaseerd op een klassieke vorm van regulering: overzicht binnen een hiërarchische structuur. Een, al dan niet verkozen, hogere overheidslaag of vertegenwoordiger daarvan (burgemeesters, de Minister van BZK, Comissarisen van de Koning, of de AIVD) moet direct kunnen ingrijpen... Continue Reading →

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Why We Need Larger Legislatures

Leiden, a.d. V Id. Aug. MMDCCLXIX A.U.C., A basic principle in constitutional design has long been separation of power, the idea that by introducing checks and balances in the political system no single actor or group can take over the country. As James Madison put it: "Ambition must be made to counteract ambition." While there are... Continue Reading →

Mea Culpa, sed Illorum Maxima Culpa

Amsterdam, a.d. V Kal. Iun. MMDCCLXIX A.U.C., A couple of months ago I predicted that Trump would not win the Republican primaries. I was fully convinced that Trump's competitors would coordinate their candidacies in order to prevent a Trump candidacy. In other words, I thought that as soon as became clear who would be the... Continue Reading →

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