The Paradox: The Revival of Federalism in a Nationalizing Society

in Polyphonic Federalism

Published by University of Chicago Press

Published in print May 2009 | ISBN: 9780226736624
Published online March 2013 | e-ISBN: 9780226736648 | DOI:
The Paradox: The Revival of Federalism in a Nationalizing Society

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This chapter describes the simultaneous revival of federalism and the continuing nationalization of society. It specifically investigates the attitudes about the general idea of federalism. Federalism tends to mean the affirmation of a significant role for states in the political system of the United States. The growing interest in federalism has done nothing to diminish political and social nationalization. The federal government has acted to impose certain uniform national rules. Policies, like politics, have become nationalized. The idea of a culture war between blue and red states is misleading. Most states are not really blue or red, but somewhere in between. Moreover, with regard to many important moral and policy questions, Republican and Democratic voters do not exhibit widely varying views. Despite the increased emphasis on federalism, the tectonic plates of culture are shifting in the opposite direction, bringing the states closer together.

Keywords: federalism; nationalization; society; political system; federal government

Chapter.  8682 words. 

Subjects: Constitutional and Administrative Law

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