Federalism: A Reference Guide to the United States Constitution: A Reference Guide to the United States Constitution [NOOK Book]

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Federalism: A Reference Guide to the United States Constitution provides a thorough examination of this significant and distinctive part of the U.S. constitutional system, documenting its role in major domestic constitutional controversies in every period
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Federalism: A Reference Guide to the United States Constitution: A Reference Guide to the United States Constitution

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Federalism: A Reference Guide to the United States Constitution provides a thorough examination of this significant and distinctive part of the U.S. constitutional system, documenting its role in major domestic constitutional controversies in every period
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Library Journal
01/01/2014
Analyzing the Constitution from the federalism perspective rather than the historical one, Bloch (constitutional law, Georgetown Univ. Law Ctr.) and Jackson (constitutional law, Harvard Law Sch.) provide a "historical account of the Supreme Court's encounters with a range of federalism issues," defining federalism as "the constitutional allocations of authority (legislative, judicial, executive) to the national and the state governments and to the relationships between and among those levels and branches of government." Arranged historically by broad period, chapters reflect the growing use of Supreme Court decisions to establish the rights and responsibilities of the federal vs. the state governments. For example, Chapter 1 (35 pages) covers the founding of the United States to the Civil War, while Chapter 2 ("Civil War and Reconstruction") is 39 pages long, and Chapter 5 (87 pages) discusses the mid-1900s through 2012 and future trends. With its emphasis on decisions regarding the rights and responsibilities of the federal and state governments, this title is an excellent complement to John Vile's historical approach in the Encyclopedia of Constitutional Amendments, Proposed Amendments, and Amending Issues, 1789–2010. Back matter includes a detailed index and a narrative bibliography. VERDICT Recommended for upper-division political science, pre-law, and law students studying constitutional law and the role the U.S. Supreme Court plays in determining limitations of the federal and state governments.—Laurie Selwyn, formerly with Grayson Cty. Law Lib., Sherman, TX
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Vicki C. Jackson, JD, BA, is Thurgood Marshall Professor of constitutional law at Harvard Law School, Cambridge, MA. Her published works include Constitutional Engagement in a Transnational Era; Federal Courts Stories, with Judith Resnik; and Inside the Supreme Court: The Institution and Its Procedures with Susan Low Bloch.

Susan Low Bloch, JD, is professor of constitutional law at Georgetown University Law Center, Washington, DC. Bloch is the coauthor of Inside the Supreme Court: The Institution and Its Procedures as well as Supreme Court Politics: The Institution and Its Procedures.

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