Foot voting

Foot voting is the ability of people to "vote with their feet"[1] by leaving situations they do not like or going to situations they believe to be more beneficial. It has been described as "a tool for enhancing political freedom: the ability of the people to choose the political regime under which they wish to live".[2]


Communist leader Vladimir Lenin commented, "They voted with their feet," regarding Russian soldiers deserting the army of the Tsar.[3]

The concept has been associated with Charles Tiebout[4] and Ronald Reagan.[5]

See also


  1. "Vote with feet – TheFreeDictionary". Retrieved 16 September 2014.
  2. Somin, Ilya (12 October 2012). "Foot Voting, Federalism, and Political Freedom". George Mason Law & Economics Research Paper No. 12-68. Retrieved 31 January 2013.
  3. "CPGB: The Road to Caporetto". Retrieved 16 September 2014.
  4. Charles Tiebout
  5. The White House Sensitivity Gap - TIME(subscription required)
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