The Political Safeguards of Horizontal Federalism

Over at Balkinization, I’ve been blogging (here, here, here, and here) about the benefits associated with spillovers, which occur when one state’s policies affect citizens of another state. Most of those arguments have to do with my other field, federalism. … Continue reading

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Schmitt on Reform Skeptics and Romantics

Mark Schmitt has written a thoughtful piece about democratic romanticism in the recent edition of the journal Democracy (http://www.democracyjournal.org/36/democratic-romanticism-and-its-critics.php). In it, he identifies “an increasingly influential group of scholars and journalists” who form a “school of skeptics” about the thrust … Continue reading

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Romanticizing Democracy, Political Fragmentation, and the Decline of American Government

I’ve now posted this article, and this abstract for it, at this link.  I began this debate with this piece in the Washington Post/Monkey Cage; those responding critically to my views include the political scientist Seth Masket, here, and Jonathan … Continue reading

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The Unsurpri$ing Connection Between the Two Odious Parts of the #Cromnibus

Progressive revolted over two provisions in the massive compromise spending bill about to become law.  One provision rolls back banking regulation of derivatives under the Dodd-Frank Act passed during the financial crisis. The other provision will vastly increase the amount of … Continue reading

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“Things Aren’t Going That Well Over There Either: Party Polarization and Election Law in Comparative Perspective”

David Schleicher has posted this draft of SSRN (forthcoming, University of Chicago Legal Forum).  Here is the abstract: One of, if not the, most important change in American political life over the last 30 or so years has been the rise … Continue reading

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