jurisdictional competition

Dispersed power has long been a pillar of liberalism. Decentralization entails smaller jurisdictions, competition, and easier exit. The Articles of Confederation, though hardly perfect, embraced those principles. The plan that took its place exchanged those principles for the promise of checks and balances within a strong central government. It’s fascinating to ponder how things would have turned out had that exchange not taken place.
—  Sheldon Richman, America’s Counter-Revolution: The Constitution Revisited, p.55