Richard C. Schragger
Democracy and Debt
121 Yale L.J. 860 (2012).
Recent state and municipal budget crises have generated a great deal of consternation among market participants and policymakers; they have also led scholars to debate the merits of bailouts or other forms of debt relief. This Essay considers why the mechanisms that were s…
Can Strong Mayors Empower Weak Cities? On the Power of Local Executives in a Federal System
This Essay considers the historic weakness of the American mayoralty and recent reform efforts designed to strengthen it. I argue that the strong mayoralty is a potential instrument for democratic self-government to the extent that it is able to amass power on behalf of the city.