Muenster University
CPE and Western Democracy
Spring-Summer 2011

Copenhagen Palace
Professor:   Roger D. Congleton

Office :  SCH 218
Phone:  83 25389 office 

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Office Hours: Tuesday 2:00- 4:00 and Wednesday 11:00-12:00, and most other times by appointment .

Recommended Text:

Optional Text:

Congleton, R.D. (2011) Perfecting Parliament: Constitutional Reform, Liberalism and the Rise of  Western Democracy. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press.

Congleton R. D. and Swedenborg, B. (2006) Democratic Constitutional Design and Public Policy. Cambridge Mass: MIT Press.

Some Useful Links
Public Choice Society

US Constitution  / Constitutions
Elections Market
Dates Tentative Lecture Plan Text Readings  (See Syllabus for complete reading list)

Introduction and Method
Web Links
17 May PP Title , PP: TOC
PP: Chapter 1
18 May II. Formeteurs and Organizational Governance: Purposeful Behavior and the Evolution of Institutions
PP: Chapter 2

Analytical History: Part I

24 May III. Long Run Organizational Durability and the Rule of Law
PP: Chapter 3
26 May
IV Monopoly Power, Exit, and the Origins of Governance PP: Chapter 4
31 May IV. The Shifting Balance of Power between King and Parliament, Constitutional Exchange
PP:Chapter 5
PP: Chapter 6
7 June
Overview of Perfecting Parliament Lecture in Economics Department / please attend
8 June V. Expanding Suffrage, a Slippery Slope?    (Homoeconomicus) <>PP: Chapter 7 / PP: Chapter 8
14 June No Classes this week /  Whit Montag

History as Evidence: Part II

21 June VI. Setting the Stage for Western Democracy:
Economic, Political, and Philisophical Developments in the 18th Century
Liberalism, Legal Equality, and Reform Movements of the 19th Century

PP: Chapter 9 / PP: Chapter 10
22 June
VII. Fine Grained Constitutional Bargaining PP: Chapter 11
28 June
Overview of Perfecting Parliament Lecture for Center for Interdisciplinary Economics (please attend) Founding Myths: The US Case
PP: Chapter 18
29 June
VIII. The British Case PP: Chapter 12 / PP: Chapter 13
5 July
IX. The Swedish Case
PP: Chapter 14
6 July X. The Dutch Case    (Dutch Time Line) PP: Chapter 15
12 July XI. How well does the model work for Germany? PP: Chapter 16
13 July XII.How well does the model work for Japan? PP: Chapter 17
19 July
XIII. Further Evidence, Conclusions, and Review

PP: Chapter 19
PP: Chapter 20

20 July
Short Final Exam
Study Guide
8 August
Final Paper Due / Via Email to

Final Quiz 25% + Final Paper (15- 20 pages) 75%  = Grade

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