Why Are States Called Laboratories of Democracy?

By Staff WriterLast Updated Mar 30, 2020 7:19:58 PM ET
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The individual states in the United States are sometimes called "laboratories of democracy" because they can experiment with innovative policy ideas. This allows other states and the nation as a whole to see if the new ideas work or not before they adopt them.

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