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Federalism and the Tug of War Within

Erin Ryan


This book explores how constitutional interpreters struggle to reconcile the competing values that undergird American federalism, with real consequences for governance that requires local and national collaboration.  Drawing examples from the response to Hurricane Katrina, climate governance, health reform, nuclear waste, and other problems that implicate both state and federal authority, it shows how federalism theory can inhibit effective multijurisdictional governance by failing to navigate the tensions within federalism itself. The book argues that American federalism is best understood th ... More

Keywords: federalism, balanced Federalism, new Federalism, cooperative federalism, dynamic federalism, environmental federalism, tenth Amendment, constitutional interpretation, federalism values, political safeguards, judicial review, judicial federalism constraints, collaborative governance, intergovernmental bargaining, multijurisdictional, interjurisdictional, jurisdiction, rehnquist Court, tea Party, hurricane Katrina, climate change, nuclear waste, health reform, tug of war

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2011 Print ISBN-13: 9780199737987
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: January 2012 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199737987.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Erin Ryan, author
The College of William & Mary, Marshall-Wythe School of Law