More Representatives A Fix For United States Government? Filled With Questions

A lot of people say “big” government is a problem and in certain contexts I agree*. Would a larger number of representatives in the United States House of Representatives help or hurt this problem?

How many of our current governing issues are actually due to insufficient representation? Is the ratio of 1 rep. to 700,000 constituents the major reason why representatives and other politicians are so convinced it is their personal views we are so interested in (and not how well they will represent the people who elect them)?

Could a lower number of constituents per representative along with term limits make our representative democracy more representative of the population? By this I mean would it help to bring up representation of minorities and women to reasonable levels?

*Bureaucracy, when very large, is not usually very efficient. This is a generalization, but I don’t much care because it’s just my opinion. I think there are a lot of cases in which less government would be better.

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One thought on “More Representatives A Fix For United States Government? Filled With Questions

  1. Jen Done says:

    I think one of the bigger problems with trying to decide if a smaller government would be more effective or representative of a country is whether its implementation centralizes or decentralizes the national government. I’m not saying that effect is very clear either, but it comes to mind whenever China is brought up as a counterexample to the US’ indecisive democracy, the mentality being that although the PRC is a one-party state it means “they get the job done”. The problem with that judgment is that China’s central government has a lot of trouble implementing national policy consistently. Take environmental regulation as an example. China’s environmental bureau (and the central government in general) is vastly underpopulated for a nation of 1.3 billion, and often the local officials of the provinces can simply ignore environmental directives because the center is generally incapable of enforcing them. Again, it could just be an issue of China’s representative body being too small, but I think it’s an important factor to consider.

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