Laboratories of What?

American Federalism and the Politics of Democratic Subversion

— Based on a paper given at a conference on Democratic Resilience, Cornell University, Nov. 2019

People lined up to vote outside Riverside High School in Milwaukee on Tuesday. Credit: Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel, via Reuters

From time to time public attention is focused on scandalous situations in state government…These moments pass; state affairs recover their wonted obscurity and it is assumed that the wrongdoers have been…