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Lawrence M. Friedman and Grant M. Hayden

Print publication date: 2017

Print ISBN-13: 9780190460587

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: January 2017

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780190460587.001.0001

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Federalism and American Legal Culture

Federalism and American Legal Culture

(p.123) 7 Federalism and American Legal Culture
American Law

Lawrence M. Friedman

Grant M. Hayden

Oxford University Press

This chapter discusses federalism and, more generally, the relationship between the federal and state governments. It begins by laying out the formal, constitutional structure, and then moves on to examine the historical and cultural evolution of the federalist system. It describes how states compete with each other to provide laws that are attractive to people and businesses. Finally, the chapter describes the increasing power of the federal government and recent judicial attempts to promote more state autonomy.

Keywords:   federalism, federal government, state governments, states, market for laws, supremacy clause

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