Relation between Constitutions, Socioeconomics and The Rule of Law: a quantitative thermodynamic approach

Klaus Jaffe, Edrey Martinez, Ana Cecilia Soarez, Jose Gregorio Contreras, Juan C Correa, Antonio Canova
Based on what we know about thermodynamics of synergy, we explored the relationship between countries socio-cultural order (negentropy), estimated through their constitutions, indicators of Rule of Law and their academic development; with countries indicators of Free Energy (amount of useful work, productivity, socioeconomic health). The analysis of 219 indicators unveiled strong correlations between estimates of the Rule of Law and the number of Academic Publications, with the socioeconomic health indicators: GDP, Human Development Index and Infant Mortality. In contrast, correlations with the length of constitutions (number of words and of articles), suggest that the proliferation of legal rules hinders the rule of law and socioeconomic development, or that under-development and/or the lack of the rule of law foments the proliferation of legal rules. These findings suggest that not any order favors productivity (Free Energy) and that excess regulations and state tutelage increase social entropy decreasing socioeconomic health.

Read the full article at: arxiv.org