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Somin Participates in NYU Events

Professor Ilya Somin was a panelist in the New York University Journal of Legislation and Public Policy's 2013 symposium, "Democracy Unfiltered: Discussing 100 Years of Direct Elections and Modern Issues Affecting the Law of Democracy," which took place on April 12 in New York City.

The event was convened to commemorate the 100th anniversary of the ratification of the Seventeenth Amendment, with a principal focus on the legacy of the Seventeenth Amendment and the impact of direct senatorial elections.

The panel in which Somin participated included Professor Wendy Schiller of Brown University and Professor Bruce Cain of Stanford University, Straus Fellow of the NYU Strauss Institute for the Advanced Study of Law and Justice. Professor Richard Pildes of NYU Law acted as moderator of the discussion. 

On the preceding day, Somin gave a talk at NYU on the topic, "Federalism and Political Ignorance: Why Decentralizing Government Helps Us Make Smarter Decisions." Somin discussed how federalism helps citizens overcome political ignorance by enabling people to "vote with their feet," which gives them better incentives to acquire information and use it well than ballot box voting does, often benefiting minorities and the poor.