in Polyphonic Federalism

Published by University of Chicago Press

Published in print May 2009 | ISBN: 9780226736624
Published online March 2013 | e-ISBN: 9780226736648 | DOI:

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Federalism played a crucial part in the constitutional history of the United States. A federal system of government allowed suspicious states to come together in a union, and it provided the flexibility necessary for that nation to endure. The success of the federal union of the United States has served as an inspiration to countries around the world, helping to account for the widespread adoption of federalism. The United States has enjoyed the tremendous benefits of New Federalism. Polyphonic federalism cannot provide definite answers to all issues of potential conflict between the states and the federal government. However, the polyphonic vision can provide a framework of analysis. Guided by a polyphonic understanding of federalism, legislatures and courts can facilitate the valuable interaction of the states and the federal government.

Keywords: polyphonic federalism; United States; federal system; federal government; federal union; New Federalism; legislatures; states

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Subjects: Constitutional and Administrative Law

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