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 heart of this analogy. This article presents an alternative vision of the marketplace analogy. Instead of a consumer-voter, this article presents a marketplace framework that relies instead on an analogy between laborer and voter. Through the use of judicial opinions, discussions in labor law, labor economics, and political science, this article presents an alternative political marketplace framework with implications for how we use the marketplace analogy in policy and legal contexts.
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