This volume has been written specifically for students of the U.S. system of government, and for students interested in federalism in practice. Joseph F. Zimmerman traces the development if the U.S. federal system from 1789 to the present day by focussing in the shifting balance of power between the nation and the states. It introduces the important theories of federalism and explains how they can be used to understand the system as it was originally drawn up and as it operates now. All the important trends in national-state relations are examined, with particular attention being given to the preemption by the federal legislature and judiciary of the powers and authority of the states.
The U.S. federal system has changed radically since its inception, and continues to increase in complexity. This lucid and accessible account links the system's current practices with its history and looks forward to the future of the most important federal system in operation today.
About the Author
JOSEPH F. ZIMMERMAN is Professor of Political Science at the State University of New York at Albany and Research Director of the New York State Legislative Commission on Critical Transportation Choices. His books include Federal Preemption: The Silent Revolution (1991), Participatory Democracy: Populism Revived (Praeger, 1986) and State-Local Relations (Praeger, 1983). He serves as a consultant to the United States Advisory Commission on Intergovernmental Relations.
Table of Contents
Establishment of the Federal System
The United States Constitution
Congressional Preemption of State Regulatory Authority
Federalism and the Judiciary
Intergovernmental Fiscal Relations
Power Centralization in the Federal System