July 18, 2017

Capitol Hill, State House, or City Hall: Debating the Location of Political Power and Decision-Making

A Mercatus Colloquium

In a federal system, what is the best way to balance the needs for local autonomy, interjurisdictional commerce, and individual liberty? How do emerging technologies and policy debates affect the ways we think about this balance?

Over the next two weeks, scholars at the Mercatus Center at George Mason University will explore these questions in a series of essays. The colloquium, titled “Capitol Hill, State House, or City Hall: Debating the Location of Political Power and Decision-Making,” will feature six authors with differing viewpoints on how policymakers at each level of government should approach decision-making within our federal system.

The colloquium begins with Adam Thierer’s lead essay, “The Question of Balance.” In subsequent essays, scholars touch on a range of issues and ideas—from zoning laws to “market-preserving federalism.” We hope these essays will engage others and prompt further debate and discussion on this important topic in public policy.

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