The States and Federalism

September 13, 1996 • Volume 6, Issue 34
Should more power be shifted to the states?
By Kenneth Jost


The size and scope of the federal government has been a major issue throughout U.S. history. Now, after a century of steady growth, the federal government is being viewed by politicians in both parties and by many observers as too big and too powerful. Republicans took control of Congress in 1994 promising to shift power to the states. President Clinton supported some of their proposals, but opposed others. Meanwhile, the Supreme Court has tilted toward the states in some important federalism cases. Advocates of the so-called “devolution revolution” say state and local governments are more efficient and more politically accountable than the federal government. But supporters of an expansive federal role argue that many social and economic problems are best addressed at the national level.

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Feb. 21, 1986  State Financing
May 24, 1985  Federalism under Reagan
Apr. 03, 1981  Reagan's ‘New Federalism’
Feb. 25, 1977  Resurgence of Regionalism
Apr. 07, 1971  State Capitalism
Dec. 23, 1964  Federal-State Revenue Sharing
Jul. 30, 1940  Federal-State Relations Under Grants-in-Aid
Jul. 03, 1937  Regional Planning and Development
Apr. 24, 1936  Reform of Municipal Accounting
Jul. 10, 1933  Regional Planning by the Federal Government
Dec. 13, 1924  Federal Subsidies to the States
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