• Corpus ID: 29993089

Hume ' s Second-Best Constitutionalism Adrian Vermeulet

  title={Hume ' s Second-Best Constitutionalism Adrian Vermeulet},
  • Published 2017
  • Economics
In the economic and political science literature on constitutional choice and constitutional design, David Hume is almost invariably associated with a master principle of design that is congenial to rationalactor approaches. I shall call this the knavery principle. As Hume put it, "in contriving any system of government, and fixing the several checks and controuls of the constitution, every man ought to be supposed a knave, and to have no other end, in all his actions, than private interest…