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Federalism in America: An Encyclopedia

This encyclopedia provides a comprehensive reference explaining the major concepts, institutions, court cases, epochs, personalities, and policies that have shaped, or been shaped by, American federalism. It describes federalism’s creation and evolution, and its influence on local, state, and national governmental institutions, procedures, and policies. The models used to explain the various historical eras in the development of federalism are also included. Originally published by Greenwood Press in 2005, this encyclopedia contained over 400 entries relating to American federalism. In its current online form, entries are being added and old ones updated. See more…

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Republican Guarantee Clause

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Report on Manufactures

On January 15, 1791, the House of Representatives asked Alexander Hamilton, the nation’s first secretary of the Treasury, to prepare a plan that would…

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Public Interest Groups

See Executive Branch Organizations

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Political Culture

The political culture of a society consists of the sum of beliefs, values, and public attitudes toward politics, and the way in which those…

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Policy Diffusion

Policy diffusion can be defined as an interactive process of taking ideas of policy initiatives and circulating them to the relevant players in the…

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Parker Drilling Management Services, Ltd. v. Brian Newton (2019)

In Parker Drilling Management Services, Ltd. v. Brian Newton (2019), the Supreme Court ruled that a state’s labor laws do not apply to an…

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North Carolina State Board of Dental Examiners v. Federal Trade Commission (2015)

The United States Supreme Court ruling in this case limited states’ ability to operate independently on antitrust policy. Previously, the Parker Immunity Doctrine from…

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Wagner Act

See National Labor Relations Act of 1935

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Commerce Clause

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Supreme Court Cases

New State Ice Company v. Liebmann (1932)

In this case the Supreme Court manifested its historic dedication to the protection of economic liberty under the Due Process Clause of the Fourteenth…

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New Partnership Federalism

New Partnership Federalism is a model of intergovernmental relations associated with the Jimmy Carter administration. Occurring from 1977 to 1980, New Partnership Federalism was…

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