Sunstein Criticizes Lessig and Warren on Whether the System is “Rigged”

Cass Sunstein: It is unquestionably true that money often distorts political outcomes, because it plays an intolerably large role in the political system. Warren, Sanders and Lessig are right to emphasize that moneyed interests sometimes block desirable action. As Nobel … Continue reading

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“Unlimited party fundraising and spending gives you less polarized legislatures? Discuss.”

Ray LaRaja and Brian Schaffner write at The Monkey Cage: Lee Drutman’s recent Monkey Cage piece challenges a finding from our forthcoming book, Campaign Finance and Political Polarization:When Purists Prevail. That is, that states that allow parties to raise and … Continue reading

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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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“GOP leaders to skip Selma event; ‘They’ve lost an opportunity to show the American people that they care,’ one black lawmaker says”

Politico: Scores of U.S. lawmakers are converging on tiny Selma, Alabama, for a large commemoration of a civil rights anniversary. But their ranks don’t include a single member of House Republican leadership — a point that isn’t lost on congressional black … 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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