The newly created State and Local Government Law (SLoG) blog, which Jonathan Adler wrote about here, posted my article on “How Federalism Can Empower People to Vote with Their Feet”. Here is an exerpt :
The US state and local government have received their fair share of criticism in recent years, including on this blog. Instead of being ‘laboratories of democracies’ as Judge Brandeis once called them, states – especially the red states – are often seen as agents of ‘vote suppression’, promoters of dysfunctional policies and oppressors. women and minorities. In addition, the nationalization of state politics resulted in a variety of flaws in national and local elections, including reductions in competitiveness and accountability.
Much of the criticism from states and localities is deserved. But most debates about the vitality of American federalism overlook one crucial means by which it can help alleviate our political and economic woes: by offering people the ability to “vote with their feet.” Foot voting within the framework of federalism is already helping hundreds of thousands of people each year to choose government policies better suited to their needs and to increase their economic opportunities. Reforms could significantly increase this number. At the very least, foot voting should play a much larger role in debates about federalism.
I am now a regular contributor to SLoG and will be doing other articles there in the future. However, the Volokh Conspiracy will remain my main blogging selling point.