The Electoral College and its Meager Federalism
Stetson University - College of Law
Marquette Law Review , Vol. 88, p. 195, 2004
Stetson University College of Law Research Paper
The odd system for choosing the American president – the electoral college – has been defended on shifting grounds over the years. Only one of these grounds – federalism – currently remains. This article examines the historical record and concludes that federalism was not a significant reason for adoption of the system. Today, the electoral college provides at best a very meager form of federalism. Conversely, it encourages candidates to ignore states during each election and holds the potential for great mischief, including the election of a truly “regional” president.
Number of Pages in PDF File: 56
Keywords: Electoral College, Federalism, President, Regional President
JEL Classification: K10, K19, K30, K39Accepted Paper Series
Date posted: July 2, 2010
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