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NCJ Number: 120255 Find in a Library
Title: Federalism: The Shifting Balance
Corporate Author: American Bar Assoc
Urban, State, and Local Government Law Section
United States of America
Editor(s): J C Griffith
Date Published: 1989
Page Count: 90
Sponsoring Agency: American Bar Assoc
Chicago, IL 60611
American Bar Association
Publication Number: ISBN 89707-461-0
Sale Source: American Bar Association
United States of America
Type: Legislation/Policy Analysis
Language: English
Country: United States of America
Annotation: These five papers examine changes in the allocation of power between the Federal government and the States throughout the history of the United States and the differing viewpoints regarding the appropriate allocation of power.
Abstract: The papers are the transcripts of speeches and a dialogue that took place at the 1987 annual meeting of the American Bar Association. They include an historical overview of the course of federalism since 1787, the views of public officials serving in different institutional settings at both the Federal and State levels of government, and a dialogue among four law professors regarding controversial issues that constitutional law has been unable to resolve. Issues discussed included the meaning of Federalism, the adequacy of the political process in protecting State and local interests in a Federal form of government, the intentions of the framers of the Constitution, the role of State courts in clarifying and defining individual liberties, and the United States Supreme Court decision to forego judicial review of the exercise of Congress's powers under the commerce clause relating to restraining State control and operations. Chapter notes.
Main Term(s): Intergovernmental relations
Index Term(s): Federal government
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