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Volume 21  Number 4  •  Spring 2017
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Constitutional Drift and Political Dysfunction: Underappreciated Maladies of the Political Commons
By Alexander William Salter
This article appeared in the Spring 2017 issue of The Independent Review

Political bargaining among political elites often creates tensions that cause informal decision-making norms to break away from their original constitutional moorings. Government fiscal crises are an illuminating example of this dysfunctional dynamic.