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Competing For The People's Affection: Federalism's Forgotten Marketplace, Todd E. Pettys Feb 2003

Competing For The People's Affection: Federalism's Forgotten Marketplace, Todd E. Pettys

Todd E. Pettys

Returning to forgotten themes in the Federalist Papers, the article argues that the state and federal governments compete with one another for the “affection” of their citizens and for the regulatory power that often accompanies that affection. The article further contends that citizens and politicians are able fully to participate in this affection-driven marketplace only if three prerequisites are met: each sovereign must be assured of an opportunity to demonstrate its competence; each sovereign must enjoy a significant measure of autonomy from the other; and the two sovereigns’ dealings with one another must be sufficiently transparent to enable citizens to ...