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

Ilya Somin


Ballot box voting is often considered the essence of political freedom. But it has two major shortcomings: individual voters have only a tiny chance of making a difference, and they also have strong incentives to remain ignorant about the issues at stake. “Voting with your feet” is far superior on both counts. In Free to Move, Ilya Somin explains how expanding foot-voting opportunities can greatly enhance political freedom for millions of people around the world. That applies to foot voting in federal systems, foot voting in the private sector, and especially foot voting through international ... More

Keywords: democracy, voting with your feet, immigration, federalism, constitutional design, world government, Tiebout, consent, nondomination, foot voting

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2020 Print ISBN-13: 9780190054588
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: September 2020 DOI:10.1093/oso/9780190054588.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Ilya Somin, author
Professor of Law, George Mason University