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Keeping the Compound Republic : Essays on American Federalism.

Author/Creator:
Derthick, Martha.
Publication:
Washington : Brookings Institution Press, 2001.
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Subjects:
Federal government -- United States.
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Electronic books.
Summary:
The framers of the U. S. Constitution focused intently on the difficulties of achieving a workable middle ground between national and local authority. They located that middle ground in a new form of federalism that James Madison called the "compound republic." The term conveys the complicated and ambiguous intent of the framing generation and helps to make comprehensible what otherwise is bewildering to the modern citizenry: a form of government that divides and disperses official power between majorities of two different kinds—one composed of individual voters, and the other, of the distinct political societies we call states. America's federalism is the subject of this collection of essays by Martha Derthick, a leading scholar of American government. She explores the nature of the compound republic, with attention both to its enduring features and to the changes wrought in the twentieth century by Progressivism, the New Deal, and the civil rights revolution. Interest in federalism is likely to increase in the wake of the 2000 presidential election. There are demands for reform of the electoral college, given heightened awareness that it does not strictly reflect the popular vote. The U. S. Supreme Court, under Chief Justice William H. Rehnquist, has mounted an explicit and controversial defense of federalism, and new nominees to the Court are likely to be questioned on that subject and appraised in part by their responses. Derthick's essays invite readers to join the Court in weighing the contemporary importance of federalism as an institution of government.
Contents:
Front Cover
Title Page
Copyright Information
Table of Contents
Preface
Introduction
Part One: Overview
1. How Many Communities?
Part Two: Properties and Functions
2. Enduring Features
3. The Paradox of the Middle Tier
4. Congress, the States, and the Supreme Court
5. Income Support Programs and Intergovernmental Relations
6. Up-to-Date in Kansas City
7. Federalism and the Politics of Tobacco
Part Three: Evolution
8. Progressivism and Federalism
9. Roosevelt as Madison: Social Security and American Federalism
10. Crossing Thresholds: Federalism in the 1960s
11. Half-Full or Half-Empty?
Notes
Index.
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Electronic reproduction. Ann Arbor, Michigan : ProQuest Ebook Central, 2021. Available via World Wide Web. Access may be limited to ProQuest Ebook Central affiliated libraries.
Other format:
Print version: Derthick, Martha Keeping the Compound Republic
ISBN:
9780815798446
9780815702023
OCLC:
53371726