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date: 20 September 2019

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This chapter describes how the public-choice perspective has provided new insights into the U.S. Constitutional Convention of 1787. It reviews articles on the impact of the rules of the Convention, attempts to infer delegate votes, and reviews how public choice has helped us understand the adoption of various clauses in the Constitution and studies of the Beard thesis.

Keywords: U.S. Constitution, constitutional political economy, Charles Beard, convention delegates, personalty interest, realty interest.

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