Brief Whither Federalism?
Martha Derthick
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Federalism has always meant that the states were available to perform governmental functions that for one reason or another Congress did not claim. Congress is now, for the first time, giving back to the states what previously had been centralized. This paper weighs evidence that may point to the reinvigoration of federalism. It explores the history of federalism and looks at possible outcomes from the current policy of decentralization.