The Constitution Today: Federalism
The constitution of the United States established a government based on federalism or a power-share between the national, state and local government. The intent was to differentiate us from countries with a centralized government, like England. The relationship between federal and state governments continues to evolve. More recently there’s been a push for more states rights by the Tea Party and some conservatives, like the governors of Virginia and Texas. As part of our continuing series the Constitution Today, “Federalism,” its history and present day significance to American law
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president and executive director of James Madison's Montpelier.
Professor of Law at Georgetown University