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Introduction

in Polyphonic Federalism

Published by University of Chicago Press

Published in print May 2009 | ISBN: 9780226736624
Published online March 2013 | e-ISBN: 9780226736648 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.7208/chicago/9780226736648.003.0001
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Federalism has been central to the political identity of the United States since its creation. The rhetoric of federalism seems to have little connection to the social reality of the United States in the early twenty-first century. This book seeks to provide an account of contemporary federalism that accords with its real power, with its organizational ingenuity rather than its nostalgia for lost community. Having developed that conception of federalism, it then explores its implications for legal and policy debates. Moreover, it argues that in the contemporary United States, rights are often best protected not through confining state and federal power in different areas, but by promoting the dynamic interaction of state and federal governments. Finally, an overview of the chapters included in this book is given.

Keywords: federalism; legal debates; policy debates; United States; rights; federal power; state government; federal government

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Subjects: Constitutional and Administrative Law

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