Tuesday, August 25, 2009

Other: Why Term Limits Don't Work

This scholarly1 article by Eric Prier and Kevin Wagner on the effect of term limits imposed on state legislators in Florida and Maine provides a disheartening argument against term limits for legislators. Instead of fostering greater competition and innovation in the legislatures' make-up, they've produced incumbents who have no real incentive to please their constituency in their last term and thus effectively have no accountability, and, because a new contender need only wait a few years before running for an open seat, many people run unopposed for their last term.

1As in, the authors actually analyzed hard numbers rather than pulling random opinions straight out of their asses.

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