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Federalism and the Making of America (2017)

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Abstract

"?Though Americans rarely appreciate it, federalism has profoundly shaped their nation's past, present, and future. Federalism--the division of government authority between the national government and the states--affects the prosperity, security, and daily life of every American. Some of the most spectacular political conflicts in American history have been fought on the battlefield of federalism, including states' rights to leave the union, government power to regulate business, and responses to the problems of race, poverty, pollution, abortion, and gay rights. In the second edition of this nuanced and comprehensive text, David Brian Robertson shows that past choices shape present circumstances, and that a deep understanding of American government, public policy, political processes, andsociety requires an understanding of the key steps in federalism's evolution in American history. New to the Second EditionEmphasizes that federalism is a battleground that shapes every life inAmerica. Extensive revisions cover recent issues including Ferguson, immigration, climate change, Obamacare, gay rights, the minimum wage, voter identification, fracking, and marijuana legalization. Brings together the newest developments in history, political science, law, and related disciplines to show how federalism influences governmentand politics today. Includes chapter-opening vignettes that deal with contemporary cases andpolicy challenges.? "--Provided by publisher.