Accordingly, the basic inquiry in all federalism controversies is always the same: who should get to decide?Is it the state or federal government that should make these kinds of health policy choices?
Many of these disagreements have focused especially on the relationship between the federal government and the states.
Americans must reexamine what it means to be a citizen of our federal republic.
In the nation’s darkest hours, amidst the bloody Civil War, America’s greatest constitutional crisis, such was also the mission of Orestes Augustus Brownson (1803–1876), one of America’s premier political theorists.
His 1988 book, , received the Martha Derthick Book Award from the Section on Federalism and Intergovernmental Relations of the American Political Science Association in 1998, and in 2002 he received the Daniel J.
Elazar Distinguished Scholar Award from the Federalism Section of APSA.
The political principles that animate federal systems emphasize the primacy of bargaining and negotiated coordination among several power centres; they stress the virtues of dispersed power centres as a means for safeguarding individual and local liberties.