Selfish Representative Political Death Spiral
October 19, 2010 Leave a comment
Imagine a situation where the economy in a representative democracy deteriorates. As a result, people elect representatives who are more committed to helping their constituents, and less willing to compromise on broader solutions if their constituents aren’t the big winners. This leads to fewer compromise solutions and the economy deteriorates even more. This leads to the election of representatives who are even more committed to getting a piece of the pie for their constituents, and even less concerned with compromises that will improve the country as a whole. The economy deteriorates more and the cycle continues.
Just something to think about as candidates make outlandish promises about getting help for their districts.