, Volume 43, Issue 3, pp 388–403 | Cite as

What's Happened to American Federalism?

  • Emily Zackin
Review Essay

Malcolm Feeley and Edward L. Rubin. Federalism: Political Identity and Tragic Compromise. Ann Arbor: University of Michigan Press, 2008. John Douglas Nugent. Safeguarding Federalism: How States Protect Their Interests in National Policymaking. Norman: University of Oklahoma Press, 2009. Kimberley S. Johnson. Governing the American State: Congress and the New Federalism, 1877–1929, Princeton Studies in American Politics. Princeton: Princeton University Press, 2007. Robert F. Williams. The Law of American State Constitutions. Oxford; New York: Oxford University Press, 2009.

The relationship between state governments and the federal government has changed dramatically. At its founding, the federal government received a few enumerated powers and a similarly small number of responsibilities, and America's domestic policy consisted primarily of state and local regulation. The question animating studies of American federalism's development is what has happened in the intervening centuries.



dual federalism cooperative federalism American political development national policy state policy 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Emily Zackin
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  1. 1.Hunter College, City University of New York

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