Ilya Somin

George Mason University - Antonin Scalia Law School, Faculty

Professor of Law

3301 Fairfax Drive

Arlington, VA 22201

United States

http://sls.gmu.edu/ilya-somin/

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1.

Knowledge About Ignorance: New Directions in the Study of Political Information

Critical Review, Vol. 18, Nos. 1-3, pp. 255-278, 2006 (Symposium on Political Knowledge), George Mason Law & Economics Research Paper No. 06-30
Number of pages: 25 Posted: 14 Jul 2006 Last Revised: 10 Apr 2011
Ilya Somin
George Mason University - Antonin Scalia Law School, Faculty
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Constitutional law, collective choice, voting, information, rational choice, federalism, elections

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The Limits of Backlash: Assessing the Political Response to Kelo

Minnesota Law Review, Vol. 93, No. 6, pp. 2100-2178, June 2009, George Mason Law & Economics Research Paper No. 07-14
Number of pages: 80 Posted: 27 Mar 2007 Last Revised: 14 Jun 2009
Ilya Somin
George Mason University - Antonin Scalia Law School, Faculty
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Kelo, property, constitutional law, economic development, post-Kelo reform, eminent domain reform, condemnation, New London, takings

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Federalism Vs. States' Rights: A Defense of Judicial Review in a Federal System

Northwestern University Law Review, Vol. 99, No. 1, pp. 89-130, 2004 , Northwestern Public Law Research Paper No. 04-08, George Mason Law & Economics Research Paper No. 08-11
Number of pages: 43 Posted: 18 Aug 2004 Last Revised: 04 Mar 2008
John O. McGinnis and Ilya Somin
Northwestern University - Pritzker School of Law and George Mason University - Antonin Scalia Law School, Faculty
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federalism, states' rights, federal structure, judicial review, Constitution, Commerce Clause, Fourteenth Amendment, spending power, sovereign immunity, horizontal competition, distribution of power, usurpation of power

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Controlling the Grasping Hand: Economic Development Takings After Kelo

Supreme Court Economic Review, Vol. 15, pp. 183-271, 2007, George Mason Law & Economics Research Paper No. 06-01
Number of pages: 90 Posted: 10 Jan 2006
Ilya Somin
George Mason University - Antonin Scalia Law School, Faculty
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Kelo, property, constitutional law, economic development

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Gonzales V. Raich: Federalism as a Casualty of the War on Drugs

Cornell Journal of Law and Public Policy, Vol. 15, No. 3, pp. 507-550, Summer 2006, George Mason Law & Economics Research Paper No. 06-31, Symposium: The Latest Developments in the War on Drugs, September 2006
Number of pages: 45 Posted: 14 Jul 2006 Last Revised: 08 Dec 2008
Ilya Somin
George Mason University - Antonin Scalia Law School, Faculty
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Raich, Gonzales, federalism, judicial review, constitutional law, war on drugs, public policy

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Should International Law Be Part of Our Law?

Stanford Law Review, Vol. 59, No. 5, pp. 1175-1247, March 2007, George Mason Law & Economics Research Paper No. 06-46, Northwestern Public Law Research Paper No. 07-01
Number of pages: 76 Posted: 11 Sep 2006
John O. McGinnis and Ilya Somin
Northwestern University - Pritzker School of Law and George Mason University - Antonin Scalia Law School, Faculty
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international law, customary international law, legal theory, democracy, democracy deficit, constitutional theory, collective action, democrative theory

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Democracy and International Human Rights Law

Notre Dame Law Review, Vol. 84, No. 4, pp 1739-1798, May 2009, Northwestern Public Law Research Paper No. 08-08, George Mason Law & Economics Research Paper No. 08-19
Number of pages: 62 Posted: 07 Apr 2008 Last Revised: 02 Jul 2009
John O. McGinnis and Ilya Somin
Northwestern University - Pritzker School of Law and George Mason University - Antonin Scalia Law School, Faculty
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human rights, international law, domestic law, democratic process, immigration, migration, liberal democracies, authoritarian states, humanitarian law of war, comparable worth, substantive rights, hate speech

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Foot Voting, Federalism, and Political Freedom

NOMOS LV: Federalism and Subsidiarity, 110-154 (James Fleming and Jacob Levy eds., 2014), George Mason Law & Economics Research Paper No. 12-68
Number of pages: 46 Posted: 12 Oct 2012 Last Revised: 24 Jun 2014
Ilya Somin
George Mason University - Antonin Scalia Law School, Faculty
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Albert Hirschman, Anthony Downs, Bryan Caplan, Charles Tiebout, Declaration of Independence, democracy, Edward Rubin, emigration, environment, exit, government policy, information, irrationality, jobs, knowledge, legal, loyalty, Malcolm Feeley, public opinion, rational ignorance, race, rights, voice

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Political Ignorance and the Countermajoritarian Difficulty: A New Perspective on the 'Central Obsession' of Constitutional Theory

Iowa Law Review, Vol. 89, No. 4, pp. 1287-1371, April 2004, George Mason Law & Economics Research Paper No. 03-47
Number of pages: 87 Posted: 21 Oct 2003
Ilya Somin
George Mason University - Antonin Scalia Law School, Faculty
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Deliberative Democracy and Political Ignorance

Critical Review, Vol. 22, Nos. 2-3, pp. 253-279, 2010 , George Mason Law & Economics Research Paper No. 10-55
Number of pages: 28 Posted: 21 Oct 2010 Last Revised: 26 Oct 2010
Ilya Somin
George Mason University - Antonin Scalia Law School, Faculty
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Ackerman, Amy Gutmann, Apathy, Benhabib, Bohman, Bush, Caplan, Carpini, Cohen, Dennis Thompson, empirical, Fishkin, Gaus, Gilovich, Habermas, John Stuart Mill, Keeter, Leib, local, Michelman, moral, Obama, Philosophical, Preference Falsification, Shermer, Shenkman, Sunstein, Young, Zogby

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The Impact of Judicial Review on American Federalism: Promoting Centralization More than State Autonomy

Courts in Federal Countries: Federalists or Unitarists?, Nicholas Aroney and John Kincaid, eds., University of Toronto Press, Forthcoming, George Mason Law & Economics Research Paper No. 13-45
Number of pages: 51 Posted: 20 Aug 2013 Last Revised: 12 Feb 2016
Ilya Somin
George Mason University - Antonin Scalia Law School, Faculty
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Alexander Hamilton, bill, Board of Education, Brown, common, comparative law, Connecticut, Dred Scott, Ferguson, Gibbons, Griswold, James Madison, John Marshall, legal, Lochner, Marbury, McCulloch v. Maryland, New York, Ogden, Plessy, Roe, Sandford, Thomas Jefferson, Unitarism, Wade, Windsor

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Taking Property Rights Seriously? The Supreme Court and the 'Poor Relation' of Constitutional Law

George Mason Law & Economics Research Paper No. 08-53
Number of pages: 44 Posted: 23 Aug 2008 Last Revised: 25 Jun 2012
Ilya Somin
George Mason University - Antonin Scalia Law School, Faculty
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condemnation, Constitutional Law, economic development, eminent domain, Fifth Amendment, individual rights, judicial power, Kelo v. New London, post-Kelo reform, property, Supreme Court, takings

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The Green Costs of Kelo: Economic Development Takings and Environmental Protection

Washington University Law Review, Vol. 84, No. 3, 2006, pp. 623-666, George Mason Law & Economics Research Paper No. 06-10, Case Legal Studies Research Paper No. 06-07, PERC Research Paper No. 12/14
Number of pages: 47 Posted: 04 Apr 2006 Last Revised: 07 Jun 2014
Ilya Somin and Jonathan H. Adler
George Mason University - Antonin Scalia Law School, Faculty and Case Western Reserve University School of Law
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Kelo, eminent domain, environmental law, economic development, sprawl, Hathcock

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Judicial Power & Civil Rights Reconsidered

Yale Law Journal, Vol. 114, No. 3, pp. 591-657, December 2004, George Mason Law & Economics Research Paper No. 04-51
Number of pages: 68 Posted: 18 Nov 2004 Last Revised: 16 Aug 2008
David E Bernstein and Ilya Somin
George Mason University - Antonin Scalia Law School, Faculty and George Mason University - Antonin Scalia Law School, Faculty
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Constitutional law, civil rights, legal history

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The Mainstreaming of Libertarian Constitutionalism

Law and Contemporary Problems, Vol. 77, No. 4, pp. 43-70, 2014 (Symposium on “Law and Neoliberalism”), George Mason Law & Economics Research Paper No. 15-04
Number of pages: 29 Posted: 20 Feb 2015 Last Revised: 23 Feb 2015
David E Bernstein and Ilya Somin
George Mason University - Antonin Scalia Law School, Faculty and George Mason University - Antonin Scalia Law School, Faculty
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libertarianism, constitutional theory, Supreme Court, legal history, property rights, economic liberties, classical liberalism, Lochner, Kelo, Lopez, Morrison, separation of powers, constitutional baselines, Cass Sunstein, Richard Epstein, Randy Barnett

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Democracy and Political Knowledge in Ancient Athens

Ethics, Vol. 119, No. 3, pp. 585-590, April 2009, George Mason Law & Economics Research Paper No. 09-31
Number of pages: 7 Posted: 02 Jul 2009 Last Revised: 08 Jul 2009
Ilya Somin
George Mason University - Antonin Scalia Law School, Faculty
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Althaus, Delli Carpini, classics, fans, Founding Fathers, information, Keeter, Plato, rational choice, Sparta, Syracuse, Thucydides

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Richard Posner's Democratic Pragmatism

Critical Review, V. 16, No. 1, 2004, George Mason Law & Economics Research Paper No. 04-09
Number of pages: 23 Posted: 24 Feb 2004 Last Revised: 28 Jul 2017
Ilya Somin
George Mason University - Antonin Scalia Law School, Faculty
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Constitutional law, political ignorance, democracy, judicial review, pragmatism, formalism, Schumpeter, Posner, deliberative democracy

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The Tea Party Movement and Popular Constitutionalism

Northwestern University Law Review Colloquy, Vol. 105, p. 300, 2011 (Colloquy on the Constitutional Politics of the Tea Party Movement), George Mason Law & Economics Research Paper No. 11-22
Number of pages: 16 Posted: 28 May 2011 Last Revised: 03 Jun 2011
Ilya Somin
George Mason University - Antonin Scalia Law School, Faculty
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bank bailout, Barack Obama, civil rights, constitutional law, deficit, economic stimulus bill, education, federalism, George W. Bush, grass roots, Great Depression, health care, income, judicial review, Larry Kramer, limited, national debt, New Deal, Repeal Amendment, Seventeenth, slavery, TARP

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Overcoming Poletown: County of Wayne V. Hathcock, Economic Development Takings, and the Future of Public Use

Michigan State Law Review, Vol. 2004, No. 4, pp. 1005-1039, Winter 2004 (Symposium on County of Wayne v. Hathcock), George Mason Law & Economics Research Paper No. 05-04
Number of pages: 36 Posted: 08 Mar 2005
Ilya Somin
George Mason University - Antonin Scalia Law School, Faculty
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Poletown, Hathcock, property rights, takings, constitutional law, eminent domain

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Federalism and Property Rights

University of Chicago Legal Forum, Symposium on Governance and Power, pp. 53-88, 2011, George Mason Law & Economics Research Paper No. 11-33
Number of pages: 37 Posted: 10 Aug 2011 Last Revised: 22 Sep 2011
Ilya Somin
George Mason University - Antonin Scalia Law School, Faculty
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blight, City & County of San Francisco, economic development, eminent domain, exit, F.A. Hayek, Frank Michelman, John Paul Stevens, Kelo v. City of New London, Melvyn R. Durchslag, Poletown, property rights, public use, Robert Ellickson, Roderick Hills, San Remo Hotel, takings clause, Thomas Merrill

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Voter Ignorance and the Democratic Ideal

Critical Review: A Journal of Politics and Society, V. 12, No. 4, 1998
Number of pages: 46 Posted: 26 Jul 2017
Ilya Somin
George Mason University - Antonin Scalia Law School, Faculty
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Rational ignorance, elections, democracy, voting, information, information shortcuts, miracle of aggregation, polling, political ignorance, Anthony Downs

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Federalism and the Roberts Court

Publius: The Journal of Federalism, V. 46, 2016 (Symposium on Federalism Under Obama), George Mason Legal Studies Research Paper No. LS 16-34
Number of pages: 23 Posted: 30 Nov 2016 Last Revised: 15 Jul 2017
Ilya Somin
George Mason University - Antonin Scalia Law School, Faculty
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Supreme Court, federalism, John Roberts, judicial review, Stephen Breyer, NFIB v. Sebelius, Shelby County v. Holder, Bond v. United States

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'Active Liberty' and Judicial Power: What Should Courts Do to Promote Democracy?

Northwestern University Law Review, Vol. 100, No. 4, pp. 1827-1862, Summer 2006, George Mason Law & Economics Research Paper No. 06-08
Number of pages: 37 Posted: 29 Mar 2006
Ilya Somin
George Mason University - Antonin Scalia Law School, Faculty
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Democracy, Constitutional Law, Breyer, Countermajoritarian difficulty, Originalism, Textualism, Federalism

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Immigration, Freedom, and the Constitution

Harvard Journal of Law and Public Policy, Vol. 40, No. 1, 2017 (Based on a speech given at The Federalist Society National Student Symposium, 2016), George Mason Law & Economics Research Paper No. 17-25
Number of pages: 8 Posted: 16 May 2017
Ilya Somin
George Mason University - Antonin Scalia Law School, Faculty
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Immigration, Commerce Clause, Discrimination, Naturalization Clause, Naturalization, Liberty, Conservatism, Color-Blindness, Free Markets, Welfare State

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A Mandate for Mandates: Is the Individual Health Insurance Mandate Case a Slippery Slope?

Law and Contemporary Problems, Vol. 75, No. 3, pp. 75-106, 2012, George Mason Law & Economics Research Paper No. 11-45
Number of pages: 33 Posted: 17 Nov 2011 Last Revised: 08 Apr 2012
Ilya Somin
George Mason University - Antonin Scalia Law School, Faculty
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activism, broccoli, Eugene Volokh, general welfare, Gonzales, Holder, Hudson, interstate, Judge Roger Vinson, Laurence Silberman, Lochner v. New York, Lopez, Mead, Morrison, patient, President Barack Obama, Printz, Raich, Seven-Sky, special case, Supreme Court, Thomas More Law Center, United States

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The Judicial Reaction to Kelo

Albany Government Law Review, Vol. 4, No. 1, 2011 (Introduction to the Symposium on Eminent Domain in the United States), George Mason Law & Economics Research Paper No. 11-21
Number of pages: 38 Posted: 31 May 2011 Last Revised: 03 Jun 2011
Ilya Somin
George Mason University - Antonin Scalia Law School, Faculty
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Anthony Kennedy, Benson, Blight, Clarence Thomas, Connecticut, Fifth Amendment, Growth, Hawaii Housing Authority, John Paul Stevens, Maryland, Midkiff, New London, Ohio, Oklahoma, Post-Kelo, Review, Rhode Island, Sandra Day O’Connor, Second Circuit Court of Appeals, Sonia Sotomayor, South Dakota

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Making Federalism Great Again: How the Trump Administration's Attack on Sanctuary Cities Unintentionally Strengthened Judicial Protection for State Autonomy

Texas Law Review (Symposium on “Reclaiming—and Restoring—Constitutional Norms”), Vol. 97, pp. 1247-1294, 2019, George Mason Legal Studies Research Paper No. LS 19-02
Number of pages: 49 Posted: 07 Mar 2019 Last Revised: 28 Jun 2019
Ilya Somin
George Mason University - Antonin Scalia Law School, Faculty
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sanctuary city, sanctuary state, federalism, Spending Clause, Commandeering, Murphy v. NCAA, Pennhurst, South Dakota v. Dole, immigration, deportation, Section 1373, coercion, relatedness

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Originalism and Political Ignorance

Minnesota Law Review, Vol. 97, No. 2, pp. 625-668, December 2012, George Mason Law & Economics Research Paper No. 12-28
Number of pages: 45 Posted: 04 Mar 2012 Last Revised: 03 Jan 2013
Ilya Somin
George Mason University - Antonin Scalia Law School, Faculty
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Akhil Amar, ambiguity, ambiguous, Antonin Scalia, Clarence Thomas, democracy, distinction, enact, framers, Gary Lawson, history, intent, Jack Balkin, James Ryan, John McGinnis, Keith Whittington, Michael Stokes Paulsen, participation, Randy Barnett, Rappaport, Robert Bork, semantic, Steven Calabresi

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Jury Ignorance and Political Ignorance

William & Mary Law Review, Vol. 55, pp.1167-1193, 2014, (Symposium on the Civil Jury as a Political Institution), George Mason Law & Economics Research Paper No. 13-46
Number of pages: 28 Posted: 22 Aug 2013 Last Revised: 19 Feb 2014
Ilya Somin
George Mason University - Antonin Scalia Law School, Faculty
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accountability, agreement, boule, Bryan Caplan, choice, collective action, deliberative democracy, expert witnesses, Hans Zeisel, Harry Kalven, ideology, incentive, individual, judges, juror, lay, Lempert, national, objectivity, Richard Posner, Scott Wentland, Shari Seidman Diamond, voter

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Is Post-Kelo Eminent Domain Reform Bad for the Poor?

Northwestern University Law Review, Vol. 101, No. 4, pp. 1931-1943, Fall 2007, George Mason Law & Economics Research Paper No. 07-17, Northwestern University Law Review Colloquy, p. 195, 2007
Number of pages: 15 Posted: 12 Apr 2007 Last Revised: 25 Mar 2009
Ilya Somin
George Mason University - Antonin Scalia Law School, Faculty
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Kelo, property, constitutional law, economic development, post-Kelo reform, eminent domain reform, poverty

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Can We Make the Constitution More Democratic?

Drake Law Review, Vol. 55, No. 4, pp. 971-1000, Summer 2007, George Mason Law & Economics Research Paper No. 07-28, Symposium on 'Our Undemocratic Constitution'
Number of pages: 31 Posted: 25 Aug 2007 Last Revised: 16 Sep 2008
Ilya Somin and Neal Devins
George Mason University - Antonin Scalia Law School, Faculty and William & Mary Law School
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Constitution, democratic, reform, deliberative democracy, political knowledge, political ignorance, constitutional change

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Taking Stock of Comstock: The Necessary and Proper Clause and the Limits of Federal Power

Cato Supreme Court Review, pp. 239-268, 2009-2010, George Mason Law & Economics Research Paper No. 10-48
Number of pages: 31 Posted: 29 Sep 2010
Ilya Somin
George Mason University - Antonin Scalia Law School, Faculty
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Anthony Kennedy, Commerce, Detention, Elena Kagan, Gonzales v. Raich, Greenwood, John Roberts, Justice Clarence Thomas, Marshall, M’Culloch v. Maryland, National Federation Independent Business, Rational Basis, Samuel Alito, Exually Dangerous Former Federal Prisoners, State Interest, Stephen Breyer

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The Individual Mandate and the Proper Meaning of 'Proper'

The Health Care Case: The Supreme Court’s Decision and its Implications, Nathaniel Persily, Gillian Metzger, and Trevor Morrison, eds., Oxford University Press, Forthcoming, George Mason Law & Economics Research Paper No. 12-73
Number of pages: 31 Posted: 26 Oct 2012 Last Revised: 03 May 2013
Ilya Somin
George Mason University - Antonin Scalia Law School, Faculty
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ACA, Alexander Hamilton, Commerce, Comstock, Committee of Detail, convention, Donald Verrilli, due force, Edmund Randolph, federalism, Federalist Papers, framers, judicial review, Maryland, M’Culloch, Originalism, Paul Clement, preexisting conditions, Printz, sick, statutory, tax, United States

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The Borkean Case Against Robert Bork's Case for Censorship

ESSAYS IN HONOR OF JUDGE ROBERT H. BORK, Harvard Journal of Law and Public Policy, Vol. 31, No. 2, pp. 511-518, Spring 2008, George Mason Law & Economics Research Paper No. 08-27
Number of pages: 9 Posted: 22 May 2008 Last Revised: 30 Jul 2008
Ilya Somin
George Mason University - Antonin Scalia Law School, Faculty
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Bork, censorship, crime, culture, cultural regulation, economic regulation, Gomorrah, government, illegitimacy, interest groups, opposition speech, private sector, sexually explicit, social pathology, values, violence, welfare dependency

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Two Steps Forward for the 'Poor Relation' of Constitutional Law: Koontz, Arkansas Game & Fish, and the Future of the Takings Clause

Cato Supreme Court Review, pp. 215-243, 2012-2013 (Symposium on the 2012-13 Supreme Court Term), George Mason Law & Economics Research Paper No. 13-48
Number of pages: 30 Posted: 15 Sep 2013 Last Revised: 18 Sep 2013
Ilya Somin
George Mason University - Antonin Scalia Law School, Faculty
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Army Corps of Engineers, development, Dolan, Elena Kagan, Green Bay Co., John Roberts, judicial review, Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg, land use, litigation, Nollan, Penn Central, permit processes, planners, Pumpelly, regulation, Samuel Alito, Sanguinetti, statutory, taxes, water rights

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The Ongoing Debate Over Political Ignorance: Reply to My Critics

Critical Review, Vol. 27, Nos. 3-4, pp. 380-414, 2015 (Symposium on Democracy and Political Ignorance), George Mason Legal Studies Research Paper No. LS 16-03
Number of pages: 37 Posted: 10 Feb 2016
Ilya Somin
George Mason University - Antonin Scalia Law School, Faculty
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rational ignorance, elections, rational irrationality, federalism, foot voting, democracy, voting, information, information shortcuts, miracle of aggregation, exit rights, polling, political ignorance, Anthony Downs

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Amicus Brief in Obergefell v. Hodges

Northwestern Public Law Research Paper No. 15-12, George Mason Law & Economics Research Paper No. 15-10
Number of pages: 48 Posted: 14 Mar 2015 Last Revised: 21 Mar 2015
Andrew Koppelman and Ilya Somin
Northwestern University School of Law and George Mason University - Antonin Scalia Law School, Faculty
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same-sex marriage, sex discrimination, gay rights

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Vaccine Passports as a Constitutional Right

Arizona State Law Journal, Forthcoming, George Mason Legal Studies Research Paper No. LS 21-11, Virginia Public Law and Legal Theory Research Paper No. 2021-37, Virginia Law and Economics Research Paper No. 2021-15, UCLA School of Law, Public Law Research Paper No. 21-31
Number of pages: 62 Posted: 25 Aug 2021 Last Revised: 18 Oct 2021
University of Virginia School of Law, George Mason University - Antonin Scalia Law School, Faculty and ETH Zurich
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COVID-19, vaccine passports, civil rights, constitutional law

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Introduction, EMINENT DOMAIN: A COMPARATIVE PERSPECTIVE

EMINENT DOMAIN: A COMPARATIVE PERSPECTIVE, Iljoong Kim, Hojun Lee, Ilya Somin, eds., Cambridge University Press, pp. 1-7, 2017, George Mason Law & Economics Research Paper No. 17-26
Number of pages: 8 Posted: 24 May 2017 Last Revised: 25 May 2017
Iljoong Kim, Hojun Lee and Ilya Somin
Sungkyunkwan University, Korea Development Institute (KDI) and George Mason University - Antonin Scalia Law School, Faculty
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Eminent domain, property rights, development, public use, public purpose, public interest criteria, political economy, judicial review, takings, comparative law, comparative political economy

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Lessons from the Rise of Legal Conservatism

Harvard Journal of Law and Public Policy, Vol. 32, No. 1, Winter 2009, George Mason Law & Economics Research Paper No. 09-10
Number of pages: 17 Posted: 14 Feb 2009 Last Revised: 01 Nov 2009
Ilya Somin
George Mason University - Antonin Scalia Law School, Faculty
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Bolick, Bollinger, Chicago, Commerce Clause, federalism, Gratz, Grutter, legal left, legal movements, Mellor, New Deal, organizational entrepreneurs, property rights, public goods, separation of powers

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What If Kelo v. City of New London Had Gone the Other Way?

Indiana Law Review, Vol. 45, No. 1, pp. 21-39, 2011 (What If Counterfactuals in Constitutional History Symposium), George Mason Law & Economics Research Paper No. 12-13
Number of pages: 20 Posted: 12 Feb 2012
Ilya Somin
George Mason University - Antonin Scalia Law School, Faculty
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Anthony Kennedy, blight, Clarence Thomas, Connecticut, eminent domain, Geoffrey Hawthorn, Gerald Rosenberg, Hugh Trevor-Roper, John Paul Stevens, judicial power, law opinion, Niall Ferguson, Parker, Pfizer, Philip Tetlock, Poletown, politics, review, Sandra Day O’Connor

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Let There Be Blight: Blight Condemnations in New York after Goldstein and Kaur

Fordham Urban Law Journal, Vol. 38, No. 4, pp. 1193-1219, October 2011, George Mason Law & Economics Research Paper No. 11-38, (Part of the Symposium “Taking New York: The Opportunities, Challenges, and Dangers posed by the Use of Eminent Domain in New York”, February, 2011)
Number of pages: 28 Posted: 08 Sep 2011
Ilya Somin
George Mason University - Antonin Scalia Law School, Faculty
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Allen, beneficiary, clearance, conflict, corporation, Damon Root, Empire State, Ernst, expected benefits, federalism, Fleming, Independent Budget Office, insanitary, jurisdiction, King, planning, regulatory, Rosen, slums, special status, standards, substandard, well-connected interest groups, Young

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Voter Knowledge and Constitutional Change: Assessing the New Deal Experience

George Mason Law & Economics Research Paper No. 03-48, William & Mary Law Review, Vol. 45, No. 2, pp. 595-674, December 2003
Number of pages: 81 Posted: 15 Oct 2003 Last Revised: 27 May 2008
Ilya Somin
George Mason University - Antonin Scalia Law School, Faculty
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Article V, Constitution, electorate, politics, supermajority, voter ignorance

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Foot Voting, Political Ignorance, and Constitutional Design

Social Philosophy and Policy (Symposium on 'What Should Constitutions Do?'), Vol. 28, No. 1, pp. 202-227, Winter 2011, George Mason Law & Economics Research Paper No. 12-11
Number of pages: 27 Posted: 05 Feb 2012 Last Revised: 11 Mar 2012
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George Mason University - Antonin Scalia Law School, Faculty
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Aaron Edlin, affluent, African Americans, benefit, black, Charles Tiebout, conservatism, Derek Parfit, design, education, exit, fellow, Frederick Douglass, governance, Jim Crow era, knowledge, liberalism, migration, poor, probability, process, rational ignorance, transportation, understanding, voice

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Introduction, Democracy and Political Ignorance: Why Smaller Government is Smarter, 2nd edition

DEMOCRACY AND POLITICAL IGNORANCE: WHY SMALLER GOVERNMENT IS SMARTER, 2nd edition, (Stanford University Press, 2016), pp. 1-16, George Mason Law & Economics Research Paper No. 19-02
Number of pages: 17 Posted: 10 Jan 2019 Last Revised: 22 Jun 2020
Ilya Somin
George Mason University - Antonin Scalia Law School, Faculty
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Rational ignorance, elections, rational irrationality, federalism, foot voting, democracy, voting, information, information shortcuts, judicial review, miracle of aggregation, exit rights, polling, Anthony Downs, deliberative democracy, inequality, countermajoritarian difficulty, Big Sort

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Stop the Beach Renourishment and the Problem of Judicial Takings

Duke Journal of Constitutional Law & Public Policy, Vol. 6, No. 1, 2011 (Symposium on Judicial Takings), George Mason Law & Economics Research Paper No. 11-24
Number of pages: 17 Posted: 30 May 2011 Last Revised: 23 Mar 2014
Ilya Somin
George Mason University - Antonin Scalia Law School, Faculty
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Anthony Kennedy, Beach and Shore Preservation Act, Bill of Rights, Condemnation, Due Process Clause, Eminent Domain, Expropriation, Federalism, Fourteenth, James Madison, Mean High Water Line, PruneYard Shopping Center v. Robins, Review, Rights, Sonia Sotomayor, Walton, County, Waterfront Land

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Putting Kelo in Perspective

Connecticut Law Review, Vol. 48, No. 5, 2016 (Symposium on Kelo v. City of New London) , George Mason Legal Studies Research Paper No. LS 16-33
Number of pages: 20 Posted: 14 Oct 2016 Last Revised: 10 Mar 2017
Ilya Somin
George Mason University - Antonin Scalia Law School, Faculty
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Fifth Amendment, takings clause, constitutional law, eminent domain, public use, property law, economic development

48.

The Borkean Dilemma: Robert Bork and the Tension between Originalism and Democracy

The University of Chicago Law Review Dialogue, Vol. 80, pp. 243-255, 2013 (Symposium on the work of Judge Robert H. Bork), George Mason Law & Economics Research Paper No. 13-72
Number of pages: 14 Posted: 20 Dec 2013
Ilya Somin
George Mason University - Antonin Scalia Law School, Faculty
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constitutional law, deference, democracy, framers, interpretation, judicial review, originalism, original intent, original meaning, presumption of constitutionality, representation-reinforcement, Robert Bork, Randy Barnett, supermajoritarian decision-making, Thayer

49.

A False Dawn for Federalism: Clear Statement Rules after Gonzales V. Raich

Cato Supreme Court Review, pp. 113-140, 2005-2006, George Mason Law & Economics Research Paper No. 06-45
Number of pages: 29 Posted: 08 Sep 2006 Last Revised: 09 Jun 2011
Ilya Somin
George Mason University - Antonin Scalia Law School, Faculty
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Raich, Gonzales, federalism, judicial review, constitutional law, war on drugs, public policy, Rapanos, Carabell, Oregon, Arlington Central

50.

NFIB v. Sebelius and the Constitutional Debate over Federalism

Oklahoma City University Law Review, Vol. 39, No. 3, pp. 415-440, 2014 (William Brennan Lecture 2014), George Mason Law & Economics Research Paper No. 15-09
Number of pages: 27 Posted: 18 Mar 2015 Last Revised: 02 Mar 2018
Ilya Somin
George Mason University - Antonin Scalia Law School, Faculty
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Affordable Care Act, congressional authority, constitutional law, federalism, health insurance mandate, judicial enforcement, legal blogs, limited government, New Deal, NFIB v. Sebelius, public debate, Supreme Court

51.

Obama's Constitutional Legacy

Drake Law Review, Vol. 65, No. 4, pp. 1039-1053, 2017 (Symposium on "President Obama's Constitutional Law Legacy"), George Mason Legal Studies Research Paper No. 17-43
Number of pages: 16 Posted: 02 Nov 2017 Last Revised: 18 Dec 2017
Ilya Somin
George Mason University - Antonin Scalia Law School, Faculty
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Obama, war powers, same-sex marriage, property rights, federalism, religious liberty, NFIB v. Sebelius, Obamacare, Affordable Care Act, takings, judicial appointments

52.

A Floor, Not a Ceiling: Federalism and Remedies for Violations of Constitutional Rights in Danforth v. Minnesota

George Mason Law & Economics Research Paper No. 08-40, Northwestern University Law Review Colloquy, Vol. 102, pp. 365-373, 2008
Number of pages: 10 Posted: 26 Jun 2008
Ilya Somin
George Mason University - Antonin Scalia Law School, Faculty
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ceiling, competitive federalism, confrontation clause, constitution, Crawford v. Washington, Danforth, federalism, floor, Fourteenth Amendment, judicial review, prudential concerns, remedies, retroactivity, rights violations, Sixth Amendment, Teague v. Lane, voting with feet, Whorton v. Brockling

53.

Knick v. Township of Scott: Ending a Catch-22 that Barred Takings Cases from Federal Court

Cato Supreme Court Review, pp. 153-87, 2018-19. (Symposium on the 2018-19 Supreme Court term), George Mason Legal Studies Research Paper No. LS 19-16
Number of pages: 36 Posted: 10 Sep 2019 Last Revised: 05 Feb 2020
Ilya Somin
George Mason University - Antonin Scalia Law School, Faculty
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Knick, Williamson County, Takings, precedent, Bill of Rights, Fifth Amendment, property rights, John Roberts, Elena Kagan, stare decisis, regulatory takings, inverse condemnation

54.

Turning Federalism Right-Side Up

Constitutional Commentary, Vol. 82, No. 2, 2012, pp. 303-323, George Mason Law & Economics Research Paper No. 12-81
Number of pages: 22 Posted: 06 Dec 2012 Last Revised: 07 Dec 2012
Ilya Somin
George Mason University - Antonin Scalia Law School, Faculty
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Alexander Hamilton, dormant, double security, exit, fiscal, founding, Gibbons, immunities, interjurisdictional, James Madison, Jay, John C. Calhoun, McCulloch v. Maryland, meaning, NFIB v. Sebelius, necessary, Ogden, papers, people, privileges, proper, rights, theory, Tiebout, voting with your feet

55.

Why Political Ignorance Undermines the Wisdom of the Many

Critical Review, Vol. 26, Nos. 1-2, pp. 151-169, 2014 (Symposium on Hélène Landemore’s Democratic Reason: Politics, Cognitive Intelligence, and the Rule of the Many), George Mason Legal Studies Research Paper No. LS 16-04
Number of pages: 20 Posted: 10 Feb 2016
Ilya Somin
George Mason University - Antonin Scalia Law School, Faculty
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rational ignorance, elections, rational irrationality, federalism, foot voting, democracy, voting, information, information shortcuts, miracle of aggregation, exit rights, polling, political ignorance, Hélène Landemore

56.

Foot Voting, Decentralization, and Development

Minnesota Law Review, Vol. 102, No. 4, pp. 1649-1670, June 2018 (Symposium on "Decentralization and Development"), George Mason Legal Studies Research Paper No. LS 18-12
Number of pages: 23 Posted: 25 Apr 2018 Last Revised: 06 Mar 2019
Ilya Somin
George Mason University - Antonin Scalia Law School, Faculty
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voting rights, foot voting, constitution, political decision-making, franchise, Democracy, federalism, immigration, refugees, human rights, development, keyhole solutions, voting with your feet, constitutional design

57.

Systematically Biased Beliefs About Political Influence: Evidence from the Perceptions of Political Influence on Policy Outcomes Survey

PS: Political Science & Politics, Forthcoming, George Mason Law & Economics Research Paper No. 13-24, GMU Working Paper in Economics No. 13-09
Number of pages: 25 Posted: 29 Mar 2013 Last Revised: 21 Apr 2013
George Mason University - Center for Study of Public Choice, University of Canterbury - Economics and Finance, Le Moyne College - Department of Economics and George Mason University - Antonin Scalia Law School, Faculty
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Achen, Bartels, beliefs, budget, Congress, Cutler, economy, education, failure, Federal Reserve Board, federalism, government, ignorance, informed, lay versus expert opinion, peace, policies, politics, polls, president, prosperity, responsibility attribution, results, safety, success, voter bias

58.

Libertarianism and Federalism

Cato Institute Policy Analysis No. 751, George Mason Law & Economics Research Paper No. 14-55
Number of pages: 21 Posted: 10 Oct 2014 Last Revised: 24 Oct 2014
Ilya Somin
George Mason University - Antonin Scalia Law School, Faculty
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central government, check on power, ethnic conflict, federalism, foot voting, freedom, interjurisdictional competition, libertarianism, liberty, minority groups, oppression, political philosophy, property, subnational governments

59.

Introduction, Free to Move: Foot Voting, Migration, and Political Freedom

Free to Move: Foot Voting, Migration, and Political Freedom, Oxford University Press (2020), pp. 1-14 , George Mason Legal Studies Research Paper No. LS 20-13
Number of pages: 17 Posted: 24 Jun 2020
Ilya Somin
George Mason University - Antonin Scalia Law School, Faculty
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Foot voting, Voting with your feet, federalism, political freedom, immigration, migration, Tiebout, democracy, political ignorance, political knowledge, consent, nondomination, foot voting, self-determination, property rights, world government, constitutional design, refugees

60.

Taking Dissenting by Deciding All the Way Down

Tulsa Law Review, Vol. 48, No. 3, pp. 523-534, 2013 (Symposium in Honor of Professor Heather K. Gerken), George Mason Law & Economics Research Paper No. 13-37
Number of pages: 13 Posted: 12 Jun 2013
Ilya Somin
George Mason University - Antonin Scalia Law School, Faculty
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Basques, Bryan Caplan, cities, conservatives, demonstration effect, electoral districts, Ernest Young, French Canadians, Jim Crow, juries, Kurds, liberals, libertarians, Lopez, Morrison, NFIB v. Sebelius, racism, regional, segregation, separation of powers, school boards, united, William Riker

61.

The Promise and Peril of Epistocracy

Inquiry: An Interdisciplinary Journal of Philosophy (Symposium on Jason Brennan, Against Democracy), (pre-publication version), Forthcoming, George Mason Legal Studies Research Paper No. LS 19-15
Number of pages: 14 Posted: 05 Sep 2019
Ilya Somin
George Mason University - Antonin Scalia Law School, Faculty
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democracy, epistocracy, rationality, political ignorance, ignorance, irrationality, Jason Brennan, foot voting

62.

Libertarianism and Originalism in The Classical Liberal Constitution

New York University Journal of Law & Liberty, Vol. 8, No. 3, pp. 1045-1054, 2014 (Symposium on Richard Epstein, The Classical Liberal Constitution), George Mason Law & Economics Research Paper No. 14-60
Number of pages: 11 Posted: 11 Nov 2014 Last Revised: 13 Nov 2014
Ilya Somin
George Mason University - Antonin Scalia Law School, Faculty
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constitutional theory, libertarianism, classical liberalism, law and economics, public choice theory, Bill of Rights, public use, takings, Fifth Amendment, property rights

63.

Overturning a Catch-22 in the Knick of Time: Knick v. Township of Scott and the Doctrine of Precedent

George Mason Legal Studies Research Paper No. LS 20-01, Pepperdine University Legal Studies Research Paper 2020/3, Fordham Urban Law Journal, Vol. 47, No. 3, pp. 545-589, 2020 (Symposium on Knick v. Township of Scott)
Number of pages: 48 Posted: 24 Jan 2020 Last Revised: 15 Jul 2020
Ilya Somin and Shelley Ross Saxer
George Mason University - Antonin Scalia Law School, Faculty and Pepperdine University - Rick J. Caruso School of Law
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Knick, Williamson County, Takings, precedent, Bill of Rights, Fifth Amendment, property rights, John Roberts, Elena Kagan, stare decisis, regulatory takings, inverse condemnation, originalism, living constitutionalism, constitutional theory

64.

Why Growing Government is a Greater Political Menace than Growing Inequality

Boston University Law Review Online, Vol. 98, pp. 21-26, 2018 (Symposium on Ganesh Sitaraman, "The Crisis of the Middle-Class Constitution"), George Mason Legal Studies Research Paper No. LS 18-16
Number of pages: 7 Posted: 08 May 2018
Ilya Somin
George Mason University - Antonin Scalia Law School, Faculty
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Inequality, Political Ignorance, Democracy, Middle Class, Constitution, Constitutional history, Gilens, opportunity, accountability, incomes

65.

Foot-Voting Nation

Joshua A. Claybourn, ed., Our American Story: The Search for a Shared National Narrative, pp. 123-136 (Potomac Books/University of Nebraska Press, 2019), George Mason Law & Economics Research Paper No. 19-09
Number of pages: 17 Posted: 02 May 2019
Ilya Somin
George Mason University - Antonin Scalia Law School, Faculty
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foot voting, voting with your feet, immigration, migration, mobility, democracy

66.

Freedom Through Foot Voting

Economic Affairs, Vol. 41, No. 1, pp. 141-152, 2021, George Mason Legal Studies Research Paper No. LS 21-01
Number of pages: 13 Posted: 22 Jan 2021 Last Revised: 14 Jun 2021
Ilya Somin
George Mason University - Antonin Scalia Law School, Faculty
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Foot voting, Voting with your feet, federalism, political freedom, immigration, migration, democracy, political ignorance, political knowledge, self-determination, property rights, constitutional design, refugees, coronavirus, health care, decentralization, zoning

67.

Foot Voting and the Future of Liberty

Todd Henderson, ed., The Cambridge Handbook of Classical Liberal Thought (Cambridge University Press, 2018)., George Mason Legal Studies Research Paper No. LS 19-01
Number of pages: 25 Posted: 08 Jan 2019 Last Revised: 17 Jan 2019
Ilya Somin
George Mason University - Antonin Scalia Law School, Faculty
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foot voting, voting with your feet, federalism, libertarianism, liberalism, political freedom, nondomination, positive liberty, negative liberty, consent, immigration, private sector, private communities

68.

Migration and Self-Determination

Georgetown Journal of Law & Public Policy, Vol. 18, No. 3, pp. 805-835, 2020 (Symposium on The Ethics of Democracy), George Mason Legal Studies Research Paper No. LS 21-08
Number of pages: 32 Posted: 14 Jun 2021 Last Revised: 16 Jun 2021
Ilya Somin
George Mason University - Antonin Scalia Law School, Faculty
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Foot voting, Voting with your feet, federalism, political freedom, immigration, migration, democracy, self-determination, property rights, freedom of association, treaties, racial discrimination, ethnicity, Donald Trump, Sarah Song, Christopher Wellman, Michael Blake, Michael Walzer

69.

Book Review, The US Supreme Court and the Centralization of Federal Authority, by Michael A. Dichio

Publius: The Journal of Federalism (August 2019) (pre-publication version), George Mason Legal Studies Research Paper No. LS 19-14
Number of pages: 10 Posted: 23 Aug 2019
Ilya Somin
George Mason University - Antonin Scalia Law School, Faculty
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Federalism, Supreme Court, Commerce Clause, States, individual rights, judicial review, legal history, Spending Clause, Constitutional moments

70.

The Normality of Knick: A Response to Sterk and Pollack

Florida Law Review Forum, Vol. 72, pp. 38-47, 2021, George Mason Legal Studies Research Paper No. LS 21-09
Number of pages: 11 Posted: 25 Jun 2021
Ilya Somin
George Mason University - Antonin Scalia Law School, Faculty
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Knick, Williamson County, takings, precedent, Bill of Rights, Fifth Amendment, property rights, John Roberts, Elena Kagan, stare decisis, regulatory takings, inverse condemnation, Sterk, Pollack

71.

Tiebout Goes Global: International Migration As a Tool for Voting with Your Feet

Missouri Law Review, Vol. 73, No. 4, 2008 (Symposium on Federalism and International Law), George Mason Law & Economics Research Paper No. 08-62
Number of pages: 19 Posted: 11 Feb 2020 Last Revised: 13 Feb 2020
Ilya Somin
George Mason University - Antonin Scalia Law School, Faculty
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foot voting, Voting with your feet, federalism, political freedom, immigration, migration, Tiebout, democracy