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Keeping the Compound Republic: Essays on American Federalism / Edition 1
     

Keeping the Compound Republic: Essays on American Federalism / Edition 1

by Martha Derthick
 

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ISBN-10: 0815702035

ISBN-13: 9780815702030

Pub. Date: 09/28/2001

Publisher: Brookings Institution Press

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

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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.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780815702030
Publisher:
Brookings Institution Press
Publication date:
09/28/2001
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
208
Product dimensions:
6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.60(d)

Table of Contents

Prefacevii
Introduction1
1Overview
1How Many Communities?9
2Properties and Functions
2Enduring Features35
3The Paradox of the Middle Tier43
4Congress, the States, and the Supreme Court56
5Income Support Programs and Intergovernmental Relations66
6Up-to-Date in Kansas City75
7Federalism and the Politics of Tobacco86
3Evolution
8Progressivism and Federalism (with John J. Dinan)105
9Roosevelt as Madison: Social Security and American Federalism123
10Crossing Thresholds: Federalism in the 1960s138
11Half-Full or Half-Empty?153
Notes163
Other Work by Martha Derthick on Federalism187
Index189

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