Federalism and the Making of America

Federalism and the Making of America

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Though Americans rarely appreciate it, federalism has profoundly shaped their nation's past, present, and future. Federalism-- the division of government authority between the national government and the states-- affects the prosperity, security, and daily life of every American. In this nuanced and comprehensive overview, the author shows that past choices shape present circumstances, and that a deep understanding of American government, pubic policy, political processes, and society requires an understanding of the key steps in federalism's evolution in American history. The most spectacular political conflicts in American history have been fought on the battlefield of federalism, including state's rights to leave the union, government power to regulate business, and response to the problems of race, poverty, pollution, abortion, and gay rights. Federalism helped fragment American politics, encourage innovation, foster the American market economy, and place hurdles in the way of efforts to mitigate the consequences of economic change. Federalism helped construct the path of American political development. This book is a sorely needed text that treats the politics of federalism systematically and accessibly, making it indispensable to all scholars of American politics. -- Publisher description
Publisher: New York : Routledge, 2012
ISBN: 9780415879187
Characteristics: xiv, 231 p. ; 24 cm


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