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The fallacies of states' rights

Author: Sotirios A Barber
Publisher: Cambridge, Mass. : Harvard University Press, 2013.
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"The idea that states' rights restrain national power is riding high in American judicial and popular opinion. Here, Sotirios A. Barber shows how arguments for states' rights, from the days of John C. Calhoun to the present, have offended common sense, logic, and bedrock constitutional principles. To begin with, states' rights federalism cannot possibly win the debate with national federalism owing to the very forum  Read more...
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Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Sotirios A Barber
ISBN: 9780674066670 0674066677
OCLC Number: 786002533
Description: 245 pages ; 24 cm
Contents: Introduction: America's oldest constitutional debate --
Why the states can't check national power --
John Marshall and a constitution for national security and prosperity --
The implications of Marshallian federalism --
Why states' rights federalism is impossible to defend --
John C. Calhoun's false theory of the Union --
States' rights as rights only to participate in national processes --
Why Marshallians should (but may not) win the states' rights debate.
Responsibility: Sotirios A. Barber.

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Barber shows how arguments for states' rights from John C. Calhoun to the present offend common sense, logic, and bedrock constitutional principles. The Constitution is a charter of positive  Read more...

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All too often, discussions of American federalism are anchored in nostalgic platitudes about a nonexistent past or simplistic models of public choice. In this rigorously argued book, Barber shows Read more...

 
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