The Implosion of American Federalism

The Implosion of American Federalism

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Robert Nagel's book examines the Court's renewed interest in federalism and relates it to wider cultural issues. He argues that worries about political disunity are overrated: far from being in the throes of a return to a confederated system by giving power back to the states, the US is tied in a system of centralization more likely to implode than disintegrate. Nagel takes the controversial position that the Court's small but highly controversial efforts at promoting decentralization are significant mainly in revealing a partial awareness of the powerful centralizing trend that is now in place.show more

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  • Hardback | 220 pages
  • 166.1 x 240.3 x 20.1mm | 498.96g
  • Oxford University Press Inc
  • New York, United States
  • English
  • 0195143175
  • 9780195143171

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"A subtle and compelling analysis of the leading cases, which makes up the bulk of his splendid book, Nagel shows, first, that the Supreme Court has not really reasserted federalism but rather "domesticated" it. --The Weekly Standard"His voice is conservative but with a surprising twist....[Nagel] suggests that the Court's 'new federalism' jurisprudence falls far short of restoring state government and politics to their full and proper vigor. "--The Washington Post"No recent book matches Nagel's thoughtful and thought-provoking observations on federalism, the Supreme Court, and the state of American politics."--Michael S. Greve, AEI "A subtle and compelling analysis of the leading cases, which makes up the bulk of his splendid book, Nagel shows, first, that the Supreme Court has not really reasserted federalism but rather "domesticated" it. --The Weekly Standard "His voice is conservative but with a surprising twist....[Nagel] suggests that the Court's 'new federalism' jurisprudence falls far short of restoring state government and politics to their full and proper vigor. "--The Washington Post "No recent book matches Nagel's thoughtful and thought-provoking observations on federalism, the Supreme Court, and the state of American politics."--Michael S. Greve, AEI "A subtle and compelling analysis of the leading cases, which makes up the bulk of his splendid book, Nagel shows, first, that the Supreme Court has not really reasserted federalism but rather "domesticated" it. --The Weekly Standard "His voice is conservative but with a surprising twist....[Nagel] suggests that the Court's 'new federalism' jurisprudence falls far short of restoring state government and politics to their full and proper vigor. "--The Washington Post "No recent book matches Nagel's thoughtful and thought-provoking observations on federalism, the Supreme Court, and the state of American politics."--Michael S. Greve, AEI "A subtle and compelling analysis of the leading cases, which makes up the bulk of his splendid book, Nagel shows, first, that the Supreme Court has not really reasserted federalism but rather "domesticated" it. --The Weekly Standard"His voice is conservative but with a surprising twist....[Nagel] suggests that the Court's 'new federalism' jurisprudence falls far short of restoring state government and politics to their full and proper vigor. "--The Washington Post"No recent book matches Nagel's thoughtful and thought-provoking observations on federalism, the Supreme Court, and the state of American politics."--Michael S. Greve, AEIshow more

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