Confronting Washington’s Administrative State: A Renewed Role for the States

The modern administrative state, entrenched in the Washington bureaucracy, is the most serious challenge to the Founders’ vision of a balanced constitutional order. But political power ebbs and flows, and states are reasserting themselves not only in pushing the limits of their own powers, but also in testing Washington’s limits. Reinvigorated states can demand and secure more accountability in Washington, pressure congressional delegations to remember their constituents, and help to restrain some of the excesses of the bureaucratic behemoth that is exercising so much control over the everyday lives of ordinary Americans. That is how federalism is supposed to work.

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