A Citizen’s Introduction to Federalism: Federalism and the Future of Constitutional Government

Starting in the early 20th century, and especially during the 1930s, the states began to fall under the dependence of the federal government as Washington started to control more and more policy areas that were originally left to the states. This new form of federalism, cooperative federalism, started to turn the states into administrative districts of the federal government as constitutional limited government was replaced by an all-intrusive federal government. Today the nation is faced with numerous serious public policy problems, and the solution can be found in returning back to constitutional principles, especially federalism. In order to do this we need to understand and rediscover the principles, structure, and history of American federalism. As a nation we must remind ourselves of the wisdom of the Founding Fathers.

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