nep-ger New Economics Papers
on German Papers
Issue of 2009‒09‒26
two papers chosen by
Roberto Cruccolini
Ludwig-Maximilians-Universitat Munchen

  1. Finanzpolitik in Deutschland: Herausforderungen und Lösungswege By Alfred Boss
  2. Direkte Demokratie und Menschenrechte By Gebhard Kirchgässner

  1. By: Alfred Boss
    Abstract: In many countries, fiscal policy became strongly expansionary in order to fight the recession. Structural budget deficits increased sharply and might remain high after the end of the recession. This would raise real interest rates and would impair economic growth. Some measures to reduce the budget deficit in Germany are proposed
    Keywords: fiscal policy, public sector deficits, economic growth
    JEL: H26 H63 H68
    Date: 2009–09
  2. By: Gebhard Kirchgässner
    Abstract: There is a basic tension between the principle of democracy and the rule of law. This becomes obvious whenever the Swiss citizens accept an initiative that is incompatible with the European Convention on Human Rights. First, we discuss the traditions behind these two principles before we survey the empirical papers about the relation between direct democracy and minority rights in the US as well as in Switzerland. Then we discuss the literature on the relation between direct democracy and death penalty. There, the conflict becomes rather obvious. Solutions, which will always involve compromises between these two principles, necessitate some role of the Supreme Court, at the cost of some, but only minor limitations of direct popular rights.
    Keywords: Direct Democracy; Human Rights; Constitution; Rule of Law
    JEL: H11 H72 H74
    Date: 2009–09

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