Federalism and Competition

Conference for Students – October 23-25, 2015

Discussion Leader: Professor Jason Sorens, Political Science, Dartmouth College

Session I – The Logic of Federalism

Weingast, Barry R. “The Economic Role of Political Institutions: Market-Preserving Federalism and Economic Development.” Journal of Law, Economics & Organization11, No. 1 (April 1995): 1–31.

Vanberg, Viktor J. The Constitution of Markets: Essays in Political Economy. London: Routledge, 2001. Chapter 1, “Constitutionally Constrained and Safeguarded Competition in Markets and Politics” (pages 1–16) and notes (pages 131–137).

Session II – The Original Case for American Federalism

Allen, W. B. and Gordon Lloyd, editors. The Essential Antifederalist, Second Edition. Lanham: Rowman and Littlefield Publishers, Inc., 2002. Selections from Chapter 2, “Federal Farmer, Letters I and XVII” (pages 78–96) and “Brutus Essay I and V” (pages 105–121).

Carey, George W. and James McClellan, editors. The Federalist. Indianapolis: Liberty Fund, Inc., 2001. Federalist Number 17 (pages 80–84), Federalist Number 39 (pages 193–199), and Federalist Number 51 (pages 267–272).

Ketcham, Ralph, editor. The Anti-Federalist Papers and the Constitutional Convention Debates. New York: Penguin Group, 1986. “Debate on Federalism (June 21)” (pages 86–89).

Session III – Federalism’s Dark Side

Bolick, Clint. Grassroots Tyranny: The Limits of Federalism. Washington, D.C.: Cato Institute, 1993. “Introduction” (pages 1–9), Part I, Chapter 1, “Competing Visions of Federalism” (pages 13–36), and Part II, Chapter 5, “The Many Manifestations of Grassroots Tyranny” (pages 95–109).

Session IV – The Dynamics of Centralization

Vaubel, Roland. The Centralisation of Western Europe: the Common Market, Political Integration, and Democracy. London: Institute of Economic Affairs, 1995. Chapter 1, “Introduction” (pages 11–15), Chapter 2, “Efficiency Criteria” (pages 16–33), and Chapter 3, “Explanations” (pages 34–55).

Session V – Competition in Law and Taxation

Marciano, Alain and Jean-Michel Josselin, editors. From Economic to Legal Competition: New Perspectives on Law and Institutions in Europe. Cheltenham: Edward Elgar Publishing, 2003. Chapter 2, Sophie Delabruyère’s “On ‘Legal Choice’ and Legal Competition in a Federal System of Justice: Lessons for European Legal Integration” (pages 19–43).

Brennan, Geoffrey and James M. Buchanan. The Collected Works of James M. Buchanan, Volume 9: The Power to Tax: Analytical Foundations of a Fiscal Constitution. Indianapolis: Liberty Fund, Inc., 2000. Chapter 9, “Open Economy, Federalism, and Taxing Authority” (pages 197–217).

Session VI – Maintaining Jurisdictional Competition and Liberty

Bolick, Clint. Grassroots Tyranny: The Limits of Federalism. Washington, D.C.: Cato Institute, 1993. Part III, Chapter 11, “Liberty, Community, and the Future of Federalism” (pages 177–189).

Buchanan, James M. The Collected Works of James M. Buchanan, Volume 18: Federalism, Liberty, and the Law. Indianapolis: Liberty Fund, Inc., 2001. Selection from Chapter 2, “Federalism and Individual Sovereignty” (pages 79–89).