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Democratic FederalismThe Economics, Politics, and Law of Federal Governance$
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Robert Inman and Daniel L. Rubinfeld

Print publication date: 2020

Print ISBN-13: 9780691202129

Published to Princeton Scholarship Online: January 2021

DOI: 10.23943/princeton/9780691202129.001.0001

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Democratic Federalism

Democratic Federalism

The National Legislature

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(p.99) 4 Democratic Federalism
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Democratic Federalism
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Robert P. Inman

Daniel L. Rubinfeld

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Princeton University Press
DOI:10.23943/princeton/9780691202129.003.0004

This chapter details the likely economic, democratic, and rights performance of a decentralized national legislature with representatives elected from geographically specified local districts. The national legislature is assigned responsibility for national public goods and services and national regulations. Decisions in the legislature are made by simple majority rule. Independent local governments continue to be responsible for important local services, perhaps provided concurrently with the national government. On the dimensions of democratic participation and the protection of rights and liberties, Democratic Federalism is likely to do well, provided all citizens are represented in the legislature. It is on the dimension of economic efficiency that legislature-only Democratic Federalism is most likely to fall short.

Keywords:   national legislature, representatives, local districts, simple majority rule, democratic participation, Democratic Federalism, protection of rights, protection of liberties, national government, local governments

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