The use of the political marketplace analogy is common in the academic literature on the law of democracy. The analogy between a consumer and voter lies at the basis of many of these analogies. This article presents an alternative vision of the marketplace analogy. Instead of a consumer-voter, this article presents a vision of democracy relying on an analogy between laborer and voter. Through the use of judicial opinions and discussions in labor law and basic labor economics, this article hopes to show the usefulness of re-thinking the political marketplace analogy and how it could be applied to policy and debates within the literature on democratic design.
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Tso, Thomas, "Mastering the “Political Marketplace” Metaphor: The Labor-Centric Alternative" (2006). Harvard Law School Student Scholarship Series. Paper 7.